A picturesque location and an impressive wealth of finely preserved historic monuments have earned Sandomierz a reputation as one of the most beautiful towns in Poland. At one time it played a role of great importance in the life of the country, but nowadays it is simply a rural town of great beauty. The surroundings of Sandomierz are known for their scenic charm and an abundance of fascinating historic remnants.
The atmosphere of the town is unique, partly due to the split between its old and new sections, which are so explicitly separated from each other. As Sandomierz suffered relatively little damage during the two world wars, the remnants of its enormously rich 10-century long history survives to this day in their original form. The density of architectural and artistic gems is remarkable in an area so small. Most of them are located in the Old Town, set in almost rural surroundings. Worth seeing are the Market Square with its Gothic Cathedral and 14th century Gothic Town Hall, later redesigned in the Renaissance style; the 14th century Gothic Castle and Diocesan Museum full of curiosities. Sandomierz is a significant centre of religious activity with four historic churches located within this small town.
Perched on a high cliff over the Vistula River in the Swietokrzyskie voivodship, Sandomierz covers a total area of 28.8 km2 and has 27,000 inhabitants. It is located about 240 km from Warsaw, 170 km from Krakow and 100 km from the border with Ukraine.
Sandomierz developed during the early Middle Ages. The town’s location on significant trade routes beside the Vistula River led to its economic development and prosperity. What is more, Sandomierz played an important administrative role in the nation.