Called the Padua of the North and the Pearl of the Renaissance, Zamosc is a UNESCO World Heritage List site, and there are few cities in the world that have been included on the list as a whole! What gives the city its unique character is its Renaissance model town-planning layout, which has remained unchanged since its creation in the 16th century. Zamosc is also the cultural centre of a picturesque area known as the Roztocze, and it hosts regular and occasional events both on a regional and an international scale.
Patterned after the Italian concept of the “ideal city”, the beautiful city of Zamosc has retained much of its inimitable atmosphere. It was founded by a powerful nobleman, Jan Zamoyski, and constructed according to a plan by the architect Bernardo Morando, a Paduan native who had moved to Poland in search of work. Morando succeeded in creating an impressive work, a model example of a late 16th-century Renaissance town.
Covering an urban and rural area of 30 km2, Zamosc has a population of 68,300 and is situated in the south-western part of Lubelskie voivodship, about 90 km from Lublin, 247 km from Warsaw and 60 km from the border with Ukraine. Did you know that the fastest way to reach Lviv from Warsaw is via Zamosc?
The town’s history dates back to the granting of the location privilege in 1580. Chancellor and Hetman Jan Zamoyski, a quintessential Renaissance man, appointed an Italian architect called Bernardo Morando to design and build a town for him. It was originally called New Zamosc, derived from the family name of Zamoyski.