Saturday, 12 January 2013

Kazimierz Dolny

Winter is well established in Poland. It is freezing cold. But it is also very beautiful. I like in particular the trees covered with fresh snow.

I will show you today one of the niciest cities in the Lublin voivodship - Kazimierz Dolny. It is located on the banks of the Vistula river.

The city itself is located on a hill. You will notice immediately the ruins of the old castle. It was destroyed during the Swedish invasion in 17th century, just like the castle in Ogrodzieniec that I have shown you last year.

The second building you will notice at first glance is the main church of St. John the Baptist and St. Barthelemy. It was originally built in the 14th century and then rebuilt after a devastating fire in the 16th century.

So let's climb this hill and let's have a look at the city center. Well, this may be a too big word. Let's have a look at the market square then.

In the center of the market square there is a wooden well. I would assume it is meant in particular for horses. But the water is probably far too cold for me today.

The niciest buildings on the market square are the houses under St. Nicholas and St. Christopher. They are the most popular spot for postcards as well.

Be careful and mind your steps, these paved roads are really slippery!

Finally, here you can see the church from close. I could not enter inside unfortunatelly, it was closed for construction works.

Kazimierz is a city of artists. It is particularly beautiful in the summer. So we need to come back there again!

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