World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Old City of Zamość

Article Id: WHEBN0033562457
Reproduction Date:

Title: Old City of Zamość  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Zamość, Bochnia Salt Mine, Muskau Park, Wooden churches of Southern Lesser Poland, 1580s
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Old City of Zamość

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Old City of Zamość
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Main Square - Armenian tenements
Type Cultural
Criteria iv
Reference 564
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1992 (16th Session)

Old City of Zamość (Polish: Stare Miasto w Zamościu ) is the oldest historic district of the city of Zamość. It is one of World Heritage Sites in Poland (added in 1992). According to UNESCO, this monument value lies in it being "an outstanding example of a Renaissance planned town of the late 16th century, which retains its original layout and fortifications and a large number of buildings of particular interest, blending Italian and Central European architectural traditions.". The Medieval Town has an area of 75 ha and a buffer zone of 200 ha.

The district was named one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii), as designated September 16, 1994. Its listing is maintained by the National Heritage Board of Poland.

Map of the Old City of Zamość


Zamość was built in the late 16th century in accordance with the Italian theories of the "ideal town." The construction of this new town was sponsored by Jan Zamoyski, and carried out by architect Bernardo Morando.[1] The town shows examples of Renaissance style, mingling "Mannerist taste [...] with certain Central European urban traditions, such as the arcaded galleries that surround the squares and create a sheltered passage in front of the shops".[1]

Geography and monuments

Morando designed the town as on a hexagonal plan with two distinct sections: on the west the noble residences, and on the east the town proper, developed around three squares (the Grand Market Square, the Salt Market Square and the Water Market Square).[1][2]

Key monuments of Zamość include about 200 monuments, including the Grand Market Square surrounded by numerous kamienice and Zamość City Hall. The Old Town also sports the Zamość Cathedral, the Zamość Synagogue, the Zamojski Academy, and the Zamojski Palace.[3]

The Old Town is surrounded by the remains of the Zamość Fortress.[2]

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The World Heritage Committee passed Zamość as a World Heritage Site in 1992 on the basis of criteria (iv - "is an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural, or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a significant stage in human history"). In this particular case, Zamość was recognized as "an outstanding example of a Renaissance planned town of the late 16th century, which retains its original layout and fortifications and a large number of buildings of particular interest, blending Italian and Central European architectural traditions.".[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d UNESCO World Heritage Centre (2013-06-27). "Old City of Zamość - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  2. ^ a b Mark Baker; Kit F. Chung (28 June 2011). Frommer's Poland. John Wiley & Sons. p. 181.  
  3. ^ Dawid Lasocinski; Tomasz Duda; Malgorzata Duda (January 2007). Polska. Petit Futé. p. 347.  

External links

  • Old City of Zamość at
  • Map at
  • Old City of Zamość - The Pearl of the Renaissance at
  • (Polish) Stare Miasto w Zamościu (1992) at
  • (Polish) Stare miasto w Zamościu at Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa
  • Map of the Zamość Old Town at Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.