Although it is not a country that lives on tourism, Poland It has the necessary ingredients to surprise those who visit it for the first time. Beyond the charms of Krakow, which is the capital, we must highlight the beauty of some of its towns.
All of them, with their peculiarities, leave their mark. They allow you to discover the charms of more rural Poland. In fact, in some they look like something out of a fairy tale.
With about 7,000 inhabitants, Gniew is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the country. It is located on the banks of the Vistula River and is famous for its medieval gothic castle, where from time to time parties are held that aim to remember the wars that confronted Poles and Swedes. Beyond that, it is necessary to highlight the attractiveness of its streets with low-rise houses, most of which end up in a square-shaped market.
You will think you are in an Italian town. Being a crossing point that connected the Black Sea with the rest of Europe, it was influenced by currents of all kinds, being the Italian the one that ended up penetrating. In fact, to shape its streets, they hired Bernardo Morando, an architect from Padua who took local customs into consideration before merging them with the Italian plant. Without a doubt, the Great Market square is a must.
It is a town that owes everything to its castle, since its bricks they have spread beyond the fortress to attract thousands of visitors. We are talking about a construction that has stood the test of time and has become a World Heritage Site. In short, it is an icon that rests on the banks of the Nogat River.
Its 30 square kilometers go a long way. The town is known as «The pearl of the Polish Renaissance«, Something that is not surprising judging by the number of monuments that were erected there. The most outstanding are the church of John the Baptist and Bartholomew the Apostle, but it is also worth strolling through the main square to admire the beauty of its mannerist-style houses.
This town located in the northeast of Poland has had several owners. It was from the Lithuanians, the Soviet Republic of Belarus and the Russian Empire. All until in 1944 it came to be ruled by the Poles, who have since taken a slice of the Supraśl Lavra Orthodox monastery for men, which housed the Supraśl Code in its library for a time.
In Zalipie you can plant in less than 30 minutes by car from Krakow. It is one of the smallest towns on this list, as it has 1,000 inhabitants. Of course, for many there is no town like it in Poland, since the farms are decorated with wooden planks with flowers very striking colors. In fact, once a year they organize a competition in which the farm with the most beautiful decoration is chosen.
The 17th century Treaty of Westphalia allowed the construction of three Lutheran churches in Catholic territory, specifically in the Silesia region. One of them is in this town (town in quotes because it has about 24,000 inhabitants) and it was built in a year with wood and without using nails. Beyond this church, we must highlight the evangelical churches of La Paz, the castle of Piast and a park that sometimes hosts events and celebrations.
For some it is the Polish Carcassonne, since this town of about 8,000 inhabitants maintains its medieval fortifications in perfect condition. In addition, in this case we are not talking about a reconstruction of the 19th century as it happens in the French commune, but rather the historical buildings are the original ones. Its 14th century church or town hall stands out, which has a 48-meter-high tower.
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