The Old City of Zamość in southeastern Poland is one of the few cities in the world that was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a whole! This charming little town was considered an outstanding example of a Renaissance planned town of the late 16th century, which was designed and built in accordance with Italian theories on the creation of “ideal” cities.
The history of Zamość dates back to 1580 and was conceived as an economic center due to its special location on trading routes linking western and northern Europe with the Black Sea. Its inhabitants, who came from different countries, brought their own culture into the city making it home to multi-cultural and multi-religious, which created the unique character of Zamość.
The heart of Zamość is located in the Old Town, where visitors can find most of the tourist attractions in the city that are worth a visit and can easily walk everywhere. The old town features one of Europe‘s imposing city squares, surrounded by the impressive fortifications which was one of the biggest fortresses of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Wandering the old city square, visitors will marvel at its magnificent Town Hall with a fan-shaped double stairway and a tall clock tower, and picturesque townhouses with arcades of varied shapes. Zamość is often referred to as the Pearl of the Renaissance because it features a large number of unique buildings blending Italian and Central European architectural traditions, and its original layout has remained unchanged since its creation in the 16th century.
Besides the well-preserved architectural gems, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the Roztocze National Park as well as five other pleasant parks around the city, which offer many possibilities for people to relax, hike and take a short bicycle trip. Zamość is definitely an underrated Polish treasure and well worth a visit.