Old City of Zamość (1992)
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Zamosc was founded in the 16th century by the chancellor Jan Zamoysky on the trade route linking western and northern Europe with the Black Sea. 

Modelled on Italian theories of the 'ideal city' and built by the architect Bernando Morando, a native of Padua, Zamosc is a perfect example of a late-16th-century Renaissance town. It has retained its original layout and fortifications and a large number of buildings that combine Italian and central European architectural traditions. 

  • Poland 2004. Renaissance Town Hall in Zamosc with at the background the outline of the wall decoration of an apartment house at the Market Square. 

Poland 2004. Renaissance Town Hall in Zamosc.

Zamosc was a mighty fortress which was built so solidly that it was able to resist the attacks of both the Cossacks and the Swedes. The Palace, renovated in the years 1821-31, gives a gloomy barracks atmosphere to the town. This is despite the fact that a large portion of the complex was turned into a pleasant park after a part of the fortifications was destroyed in 1866. 

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