Preserved Old Town
Sandomierz is a historical town in south-eastern Poland, situated within the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship and is famous for its preserved Old Town, with the magnificent town hall sprouting from its main square.
The town is a major cultural and tourist attraction, with immaculate buildings painted in hues of orange, yellow and brown positioned on a knoll above the Vistula River and was declared a National Monument of Poland in 2017.
Sandomierz is one of the oldest and historically most significant towns in Poland and was first mentioned in the early 12th century when the chronicler Gallus Anonymus ranked it together with Kraków and Wrocław as one of the main cities of Poland. It was a royal city of the Polish Crown and a regional administrative centre from the High Middle Ages to the 19th century.
Sandomierz has plenty to offer visitors. In the Old Town, you’ll find beautiful and original buildings, preserved fragments of medieval city walls and the market square complete with its impressive 14th century Town Hall, which was rebuilt in the 16th century in Renaissance style.
Other notable buildings in the town include; Sandomierz Cathedral, a 14th-century Gothic temple in which the relics of the Holy Cross Tree are kept, the Royal Castle dating back to the 14th century, Opatowska Gate, the only preserved city gate, Sandomierz Synagogue, built in 1768 of brick in the Polish Baroque style, and Collegium Gostomianum, one of the oldest schools in Poland founded in 1602.
Popular tourist attractions in and around the town are; The Underground Sandomierz Tourist Route, The Queen Jadwiga Ravine, the Brine Graduation Tower, and the nearby Pieprzowe Mountains. If you need to refuel, you'll find quite a few good restaurants in the town.
The region has the city of Kielce as its regional capital. Often referred to as, “The heart of Poland” the region is home to the Świętokrzyskie Mountains and Świętokrzyski National Park.
The Świętokrzyskie Mountains are not particularly high; however they are ancient. Quartzite has been discovered in the area that is 500 million years old. The highest peak is Mount Łysica at 614 m and is located within the Świętokrzyski National Park. Łysa Góra at 595 m is the second highest mountain in the region and is known locally as Święty Krzyż (Mount Holy Cross). If you believe local folk legend, during Pagan times, witches would practice their dark arts on Mount Łysiec. The mountain is also home to The Sanctuary of The Holy Cross Wood Relic.
Within the region, you will find Poland’s first Jurassic Park, the Bałtów Tourist Complex; which contains a 1 km long educational path with 100 life-size models of dinosaurs, the Jurassic Museum, the Prehistoric Oceanarium, a zoo and the Sabathówka Witches’ Village.
Other attractions you will find in the region are; the Krzemionki Archaeological Museum and Reserve, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019, the Living Museum of Porcelain in Ćmielów and the ruins of Krzyżtopór Castle in Ujazd.