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Introducing Zamość

The self-proclaimed ‘Pearl of the Renaissance’ and ‘Padua of the North’, Zamość (zah-moshch) has never been known for its modesty. The latter name derives from its Italian designer, Bernando Morando, a Paduan native who brought his architectural vision to life in the middle of the Lublin Upland in the late 16th century.

Artistic exaggeration notwithstanding, this Renaissance town has earned its accolades; it escorted more than 100 architectural monuments through the ages relatively unharmed, it refused to surrender to Swedish invaders in the 17th century, it resisted being renamed ‘Himmlerstadt’ under Nazism and it earned a place on the Unesco World Heritage List in 1992. In short, Zamość is worth a visit.