The Plac also has a monument commemorating the agreement. This is the second monument. One was placed shortly after the agreement in the late 16th century, and later destroyed with Russia occupied this part of Poland in the 18th century. The present monument was replaced in 1826.
After two days of touring out of Lublin, I spent this day walking about.
I headed for the Krakow Gate shown below. More than half of it is missing from the photo because it is shrouded in renovation net. This gate is the last remains from the fortification walls that used to stand around Lublin.
Nothing had prepared me for the beauty of the buildings in the rynek. I just gasped with wonder the first time I walked through the Krakow Gate. The Lonely Planet guidebook says this about Lublin: "... it's not a looker. Lublin was ravaged by WWII and the forced industrialization of the communist period only added insult to injury." That's what I read and overlooked the next sentence which spoke about the rynek becoming gentrified. I guess I was not expecting so much beauty, nor had anyone mentioned to me that the rynek in Lublin was quite wonderful.
Here is the Old Town Hall.
The blue house above is one of my favorites because I like blue very much. It also made me think of a house around the rynek in Zamosc.
I kept walking until I found the Grodzka Gate.
The Castle was originally built at the time of the merger between Poland and Lithuania. It was on a travel route between Krakow and Vilnius. Only the tower and chapel are from the original time.
The present day castle was built in the late 18th century-early 19th century. Much of its history is sad. It has been used as prison by whatever government was in power -- Russian, Nazi, and Communist. Now much of it is a museum.
My primary goal was to see Chapel. The paintings within it are regarded as the best Russian-Byzantine art in Europe. I'm not a good enough photographer to take pictures that really do justice to the art found here, but I tried.
I enjoyed seeing some of the museum exhibits too.
One thing that took my eye was the straw weaving.
I enjoyed seeing all the traffic in the nearby Plac, the foundation remains of a church.
I guessed they might be headed for a nearby theater. Made me feel like I was back in Pecs where I saw children all the time headed to a puppet theater near my flat.
Next I went to the Dominican Church.
In the back I found a model of the Dominican complex.
I also visited the Cathedral.
I started to walk back towards the hotel and found this place, much to my amusement.
I had a Pecs lunch.
I have never before had a date, fig, and apricot ice cream sundae.
I got back to my hotel for a few minutes of rest and then treated myself to a manicure. Napped for a bit after that and then went out of the hotel in the other direction. I wanted to find the Evangelical Church-- what in the United States we would call a Lutheran Church. Found it OK, but it was not open. However, the parsonage for it across the street is a charming reproduction of a Polish manor house and looked lovely in the late afternoon sun.