Although easily passed over as a medium sized town, Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski has a lot to offer. It is home to a rich cultural life concentrated round the professional Photography Gallery, the Artistic Exhibition Office, and a Historical and Archaeological Museum. Furthermore, the town has top-class sports facilities, with a stadium as well as a sports and recreation centre, including the most glamorous Olympic swimming pool in the country. While there are a number of sights worthy of notice in Ostrowiec, the greatest attraction has to be the Neolithic striped silex mine with its underground trails open to visitors, located in nearby Krzemionki.
Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski TOURISM
What is remarkable about Ostrowiec is that the original urban framework of the central part of the town has survived, with its street system starting in its corners. This makes it a prime example of a typical town created at the end of the 16th century.
In terms of the area and the number of inhabitants (80,000) Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski is the second largest town in the Swietokrzyskie Voivodship, after Kielce. Together with Starachowice and Skarzysko, which are also located on the Kamienna River, it forms a tri-city on the Kamienna.
It is known that the first settlements in the area of Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski appeared in the Neolithic age. The earliest historical records regarding the villages of Ostrow and Czestocica, which together form the present town, go back as far as the years 1369 and 1374. Jakub Gawronski of the Rawa line bought Ostrow at the end of the 16th century, and marked out the square in 1597 as the first step to building the town. At the turn of the 16th century, Janusz Ostrogski became the owner of the wh... ( more >>)