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Lublin, Poland

Lublin, administrative centre of the voivodship and the capital of the Lublin Region, and home to 365 thousand inhabitants, is the biggest town in Eastern Poland. The location of the town atop loessial rolling hills of the Lublin Upland in the valley of the Bystrzyca and its tributaries is one of its assets. During the 5th and 7th centuries the inhabitants of Lublin grew in numbers, and by 1317 Lublin was granted municipal status. In 1474 Lublin became the capital of the voivodship, a role it has continuously played to this day. During the years of the first Republic, Lublin, which was centrally located, was inhabited by different nationalities and religious denominations that constituted a rich and varied community.

Established in the Middle Ages, the Old Town (Stare Miasto) is one of the finest urban complexes of its kind in Poland. It stands proudly on a picturesque loessial headland above the valleys of the Bystrzyca and Czechówka rivers offering an unmatched panoramic view of the whole complex, most of which has been preserved in its original shape. In addition to the Market Square (Rynek), the Old Town Hall and the surrounding fine burgher houses, narrow and winding streets and alleys, you can see the Dominican Church and Monastery Complex, Po Farze Square, Grodzka and Cracow Gates and the Trinitarian Tower - one of the most characteristic city landmarks.