Dominican Priory


Originally a Gothic complex founded by King Kazimierz III Wielki in 1342, the Dominican Priory was rebuilt in Renaissance style after it was ravaged by fire in 1575. Two historic highlights inside the church are the Chapel of the Firlej Family (1615), containing family members’ tombstones, and the Tyszkiewicz Chapel (1645−59), with impressive Renaissance stucco work. Outside of the south end of the complex is a small and pretty park with great views over the city.

For an insight into 18th-century Lublin, note the large historical painting The Fire of Lublin, which depicts a devastating fire of 1719 that destroyed much of the city. It's in the Szaniawski family chapel to your right as you enter the church.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lublin attractions

1. Former Jewish Orphanage

0.09 MILES

A Jewish orphanage was established in this building in the 1860s. On 24 March 1942, the Nazis rounded up over 100 children here, most still in their…

2. Trinitarian Tower

0.09 MILES

For an expansive view of the Old Town, climb to the top of Trinitarian Tower (1819), which houses the underrated Archdiocesan Museum. The chaotic layout…

3. Cathedral of St John the Baptist


This former Jesuit church dates from the 16th century and is the largest in Lublin; you can visit any time services are not taking place. The impressive…

4. Grodzka Gate

0.13 MILES

This gate leads from the castle area into the Old Town and was traditionally referred to as the 'Jewish' gate, since until WWII it also separated the main…

5. Kraków Gate

0.15 MILES

The only significant remnant of the fortified walls that once surrounded the Old Town is the 14th-century Gothic Kraków Gate, built during the reign of…

6. Lublin Castle


Lublin’s royal castle dates to the 12th century, though it's been rebuilt many times since; the oldest surviving part is the impressive Romanesque round…

7. Targ Ruska

0.36 MILES

This sprawling and only vaguely organised market has a very long history, with a market held on this site for centuries. In fact some think Lublin started…

8. Old Jewish Cemetery

0.55 MILES

The old Jewish cemetery, established in 1541, has 30-odd readable tombstones, including the oldest Jewish tombstone in Poland in its original location…