Rynek Kościuszki

Mazovia & Podlasie

Białystok's focal point, the much-rebuilt Rynek is an odd trapezoidal shape. Important buildings from the city's past have been reconstructed here, including the central town hall, home to the Podlasie Museum. On the west side of the building, note the plaque with the poignant 1930s photo of the vibrant and largely Jewish market that was once here. It and the people would be gone in a decade.

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1. Podlasie Museum

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Rebuilt after WWII and modelled on the 1745 original, the town hall houses this museum. It features a modest collection of Polish paintings on the ground…

2. Białystok Cathedral

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This grand neo-Gothic brick cathedral dates from 1905. It's attached to a late-Renaissance parish church (1627) with a fascinating interior and an 18th…

5. Branicki Palace

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This grand former residence of Jan Klemens Branicki is surrounded by Park Pałacowy. Though he lost to his brother-in-law Stanisław August Poniatowski in…

6. Girl With a Water Can Mural

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This four-storey high mural of a little girl appearing to water an actual tree has become a Białystok icon. It was painted by Natalia Rak in 2013 and has…

7. Cytron Synagogue


Before WWII, central Białystok had 60 synagogues serving a population of over 40,000 Jews, or about half of the city's population. Only three synagogue…

8. Ludwik Zamenhof Centre

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This vibrant cultural centre dedicated to the creator of Esperanto hosts a range of art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and performing arts events. Its…