The town of Zamość (zah-moshch) is unique in Poland as an almost perfectly preserved example of 16th-century Renaissance town planning. Zamość was made a Unesco World Heritage site in 1992, and an inflow of development funds since has rejuvenated the town's social media–perfect main square and the impressive fortifications that surround the Old Town.
The town owes its origins to a wealthy Polish nobleman, Jan Zamoyski (1542−1605), who came up with the idea to put a town here in the first place, and to the Paduan architect he hired to realise his dream, Bernando Morando. Zamość wears its Renaissance roots on its sleeve, embracing not one, but two grandiose nicknames: the ‘Pearl of the Renaissance’ and the ‘Padua of the North’. Either way, Zamość is an under-appreciated Polish treasure and worth a trip.