Lublin

Lublin - City of Legendary Land Lubbers!

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Few cities in Europe have such a fairytale quality as the cultural frontier of Lublin, today in south-eastern Poland. It goes beyond the cobblestone and lantern-lined streets of the Old Town, the layers of centuries-old architecture and those not-quite-right aspects that we typically find in central-eastern Europe. It's a 1,000+ year history of people coming and going, and the cultural traditions and superstitions that travelled with them, all of which greatly influenced the way they chose to reason with the quirks that characterise the city and the surrounding region. For this reason, Lublin is often referred to as the ‘land of legends’ and there’s a colourful history behind every major site. Strange creatures living below the city gate and calling the rains. Unexplained appearances of oxen drawing carts filled with gold. Saint Michael visiting a Cracovian prince napping under a once-standing oak tree, demanding him to take his army and pursue the local Baltic tribes who had been ransacking the city. These same tribes were the ancestors of the Kingdom of Lithuania, who would join Poland in 1563, signing the Union of Lublin and giving birth to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, one of the largest empires in European history. Today, Lublin maintains its ties with Lithuania, through a multimedia portal in Plac Litewski where locals can connect with similar passers-by in Vilnius, the modern Lithuanian capital! That's not the only fanciful piece of modern technology in the city. Locals and visitors are blown away every evening by the nearby audio-visual fountain, lighting displays at the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures down the road, and numerous other festivals taking place with a wealth of talented young Poles using multimedia to challenge the backward, culturally-conservative stereotype of Eastern Poland! 
Zamkowa Street towards Grodzka Gate, Lublin Old Town. Photo by stepmar/AdobeStock.
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