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Main Attractions in Bialystok

The most striking building in the town is the Branicki Palace. Often referred to as the Versailles of the North, it was originally built in the 16th century. This splendid Baroque style fašade with beautiful gardens and parks became the property of the Branicki family in the 18th century. Jan Branicki, the famous magnate and patron of arts, added on to this magnificent residence. Unfortunately it burnt down in the Second World War and had to be reconstructed according to the 18th century plans. Today it is the seat of the Medical Academy, and thus only partly reminiscent of the former glory as an opulent park and palace.

Bialystok's historic town starts in the 18the century Market Square, which is an unusual triangular shape in which stands the Baroque Town Hall, topped with a clock tower. The building is home to the District Museum, with archeological, ethnographical displays as well as works by Polish artists.

A haven of churches and other scared architecture, Bialystok draws many visitors of different religions. If you're interested in making a tour of all its religious sites, you'll do well to start with a 17th century parish church, which has a Renaissance portal and Baroque furnishings, and houses the J. Branicki monument and tombstones of the family. Adjoining this church is the 20th century, neo-gothic Cathedral, with beautiful oak wood high altar and stained glass windows. Interestingly, the Cathedral was built as an 'annexe' to the parish during the time when erecting new buildings in Poland was strictly forbidden by the tsarist authorities.

Bialystok is in close proximity to three note-worthy national parks, Narew, Biebrza, Bialowieza and an interesting rural countryside, all which warrant a visit.


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