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Tourist attractions

                Janów Lubelski is a delightful town located in the beautiful scenery between West Roztocze and the Biłgorajska Plane. To the south, extends a vast area of Janów Forests which comprise a western part of a forest complex of Solska Wilderness. The formation is one of the largest dense forest complexes in Europe and it characterises with diversity of natural values and tourist attractions. The peacefulness and natural surroundings encourage visitors to hiking and relaxing, and give an opportunity to breathe with crystal clear air, rest and get detached from everyday life.

                “It is God’s will that he should be praised and I should be commemorated here.”

                The history of Janów Lubelski is related to the revelations of Mary. According to certain sources, the first undocumented revelations took place here in 1639. They inspired Katarzyna Zamoyska of Ostróg to found a city, which was given city rights by Władysław IV in 1640. Originally the town was called Biała, but after a few years the name was changed to Janów, in honour of the founder’s son – Jan Zamoyski. The image of Our Lady was added to the town’s coat of arms. The cult of Mary was spreading. Further revelations, some of which took place in 1645 and 1646, were acknowledged by the Church and were the reason for construction of the church and a monastery.

                The church was extended and altered over the centuries, but it retained its nature of a basilica. With its beautiful interiors, the former Dominican church of St. John the Baptist is considered the pearl of late baroque architecture. Inside, it has three naves with many bright and richly ornamented altars, rose windows, paintings and figures of saints. The miraculous painting of Our Lady of Mercy attracts numerous pilgrims from across Poland. Near the sanctuary, there is a Rosary Square, Chapel of Revelation, under which there is a spring of healing water, and the Parish Museum.

                In September 1939, Janów Lubelski was bombed in German air raids, as a result of which 85% of the town’s buildings were destroyed. One of the bombs fell through the roof into the sanctuary, but it failed to explode and the church was miraculously saved. This incredible event leads to believe that also today Mary continues to take particular care over the people, to whom she decided to appear a few centuries earlier.

                When strolling around the Market Square of the Old Town, built on a plan of an “ideal city”, visitors may experience the atmosphere of old times. On the square, there are four fountains symbolising the traditional crafts of Janów. Walking along the Zamoyskiego street, you arrive at the Market Square of the New Town with its City Park, which is a garden used as walking grounds arranged in the times of the Kingdom of Poland. If you continue the walk along the so called Biłgoraj track, you arrive at the Misztalec Park in which a delightful pond is found.

“Women talked at the spring…”

                An interesting site in the town related to the traditions cultivated in Janów is the so called Stoki Janowskie. It is a complex of springs of crystal clear water, which on hot days can successfully quench your thirst. It used to be a common meeting place of housewives and it was also related to the ritual of washing and cleansing on the Good Friday.

Attractions of Janów Forests

                Janów Lubelski is surrounded by the Janów Forests Landscape Park. The ponds, peat bogs and marshes found in the forests are the natural habitat of many rare species of animals and birds, as well as protected plants. The forests are accessible on foot, by horse, by bike, or, in winter – on cross-country skis. You have a number of marked forest paths to choose from, including “the Excursion to the Forest Treasure House”, “the Clay Pot Track”, “Black Pearl”, “Gallop”, or “the Runner”.

                If you enter Janów Forests, it is worth to visit the Ecological Education Centre, which houses an exhibition presenting the natural and cultural values of the region. A museum of narrow-gauge forest railway is located nearby with an interesting collection of preserved wagons. The railway, built during World War II, was used for transporting logs for half of a century. Unfortunately, apart from the exhibition only the remains of embankments and bridges in forests have been preserved until today.

                Hidden between the trees of the forest there is the Kruczek Sacred Site, where visitors may touch the trees stained with blood of insurgents fighting for independence in national uprisings. It was the location a smuggling point across the nearby border with the Austrian annexed territory, and during World War II it was the meeting point of guerrilla troops. Today, what draws visitor’s attention are the carved stations of the Way of the Cross leading to the chapel of St. Anthony. Kruczek is a place enjoyed by locals and tourists. The prevailing silence encourages visitors to fall into a reverie and the swish of the trees sings insurrection songs.

                Porytowe Hill is another site amid the Janów Forests related to the events of World War II. Here, in 1944 the greatest guerrilla battle in Poland was fought, which is commemorated by a mighty monument designed by a prominent Polish sculptor Bronisław Chromy, and by a war cemetery.

The forest resounds with the sound of the suka fiddle…

                In the Janów Forests, a few kilometres from Janów Lubelski, a small village of Szklarnia is located. Its name (literally: Glasshouse) comes from glassworks which used to operate in the village in the first half of the 19th century, producing bottles for the local brewery. However, there is nothing left of the glassworks and Szklarnia is now mainly associated with the natural habitat of the Konik horse. A herd of several dozen horses may be observed from a wooden viewing tower. Sometimes the grazing horses are accompanied by the music played on ocarina or suka fiddle, a musical instrument similar to a violin. The suka fiddle was popular in the Janów region in the 17–19th century. It was reconstructed by Mr Zbigniew Butryn based on a post stamp and the discovered remnants of the instrument. He passes the knowledge about the fiddle to the next generation in the Janów suka school.

“The work of heart and hands”

                When visiting the Janów Forests, a must-see is the historical wooden church of St. Adalbert in Momoty Górne – the work of heart and hands of the late priest Kazimierz Pińciurek. For years this unique place has attracted the connoisseurs of church art from all over the world thanks to its amazingly beautiful sculptures found inside. Kazimierz Pińciurek spent his entire ministry in Momoty Górne on extending and ornamenting the church by himself. The self-taught sculptor, as he was referred to, took on the task of designing and making this sculpture masterpiece, despite having no prior experience in construction or carpentry. Supported and admired by the parish community, he advanced his skills as a sculptor and improved the quality of ornamental elements he made until his death in 1999. His low reliefs included the Last Supper, the Way of the Cross, and Holy Mother. He also made carved ceilings, ceiling coffers, pulpit, baptismal font, confessional and pews. What deserves particular attention are the unique stained-glass windows, in which he used wood instead of lead. He also designed the surroundings of

the church, where he placed, among other things, a beautiful Weeping Fountain, Cave of Enslavement, Cave of Liberation, and four chapels.

“Pot making is not only the craft of saints…”

                A real treat for artistic craft enthusiasts will be a trip to Łążek Garncarski, where visitors may observe the process of making artistic ceramics, visit the homestead of a potter and tile maker, and even throw and ornament their own pot. Pot making skills may also be tested during the annual National Meeting of Potters held during summer holidays, when Łążek becomes a true Mecca for pot makers, and the workshop sessions are conducted by the best craftsmen in Poland.

                Located near Łążek Garncarski, there is a particularly beautiful marsh and peat bog area in the Imielty Ług Reserve. It is a large habitat of waterfowl. Bird species which may be observed here include the crane, black stork, white-tailed eagle, osprey and capercaillie. The ponds found in the forest are a perfect destination for walks, also in their extreme form through the marsh on the so called Large Footbridge.

                 Janów Lubelski offers a wide variety of delicacies of the regional cuisine. The region is famous for its gryczak janowski and jaglak, which are traditional dishes prepared according to different recipes based on buckwheat and millet, respectively, passed from generation to generation. Groats are also used in the Janów region as an addition to pierogi dumplings, black pudding, muffins, buns and cakes. It is served in salty and sweet dishes, it is nutritious and tasty and gives the strength for hiking and walks. The aromatic smoked carp, different types of honey, dried cheese and fresh butter are also the characteristic elements of Janów Lubelski cuisine. This symphony of tastes is supplemented by regional liqueurs and wines made from, e.g. cranberry, raspberry, quince, cherry, black elder flowers or honey. Prepared with the use of local produce and fruits of the forest, they are a true delights of the palate.

                The specialties of the Janów cuisine can be tasted during the largest promotional event, namely the Gryczaki Groats Festival held each August. It is an important event for folk artists, similarly to the Janów Fair. Fans of good movies are attracted by the Festival of Movie and Television Artists (Festiwal Artystów Filmu i Telewizji, FART), while enthusiasts of active leisure may enjoy the Tourist Bike Trek or the new form of Zoom Natury – Days of Janów.

“Golden beaches surrounded by a sea of trees”

                Janów Lubelski is a perfect destination for single day trips and longer holidays. The tourist attractions are based on the natural values of the Janów Forests and the lake. Golden beaches, the scent of pine trees, clear water and a wide range of attractions offered by local tour operators attract holiday makers wishing to relax as well as those seeking new experiences.

                Apart from being a place where accommodation and catering services are offered, the area immediately surrounding the Janów lake has been designated as the location of the ZOOM NATURY Recreational Park. It is the key tourist product promoting the brand Janów Lubelski – Zoom Natury. The construction of the Recreational Park was aimed at promoting ecology, education and games. How is rainbow formed? How does a hydroelectric power station work? Where do black storks build their nests? How does a cross-section of a anthill look like? The answers to all these questions may be found in the Park’s Laboratories of Avifauna and the Troposphere, Recycling and Energy, Undergrowth and Zoom Natury. Another large attraction is the Park’s Ropes Course. Apart from courses with different levels of difficulty, available for children aged three or more, tourists can try the pendulum, a vertical dive with a progressive system of stopping, or a slide down a zip-line suspended 200 meters above the beach and the lake.

                To those in search of more thrilling experiences, we recommend the attractions offered by local tourist businesses, e.g. walking over the marshland, shooting rifles and bows, canoeing on the Bukowa river, paintball, offroad driving, parasailing, water balls, survival courses. Janów Lubelski also has a selection of activities for non-thrill seekers: pendzok (bicycle-like vehicle with seats), horseback riding, bike trips, relaxing on the beach, pedal boats, fishing, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, etc. In the winter season, fans of winter sports can use the ski slopes in Chrzanów and Batorz. No matter the weather, we recommend the OTYLIA indoor swimming pool as well as saunas, salt cavern, bowling alley, gym and a spa facility.

                Local hotels and holiday resorts, which are adjusted to the needs of the disabled, offer a wide range of services to families, organisers of summer camps, conferences, as well as business and integration meetings.

“A reliable business partner”

                Janów Lubelski is committed to achieving sustainable growth. Apart from its natural values, it also offers excellent conditions for business development in the Borownica Investment Zone in Janów. The undisputed qualities of Janów Lubelski include developed land earmarked for investment projects, convenient location near national roads and the border of the European Union, the potential of young and well educated people, as well as the local self-government’s commitment to continuously improve the conditions for investments and to maintain a friendly investor-oriented atmosphere. We are the Polish leader in acquiring EU funds, which has been confirmed by numerous awards and distinctions.

                Janów Lubelski is a versatile town which develops in all possible directions. The Janów region delights with wild nature and picturesque landscape, fascinates with rich cultural tradition and enchants with its atmosphere. It is a place which offers numerous and various attractions, where everybody can find something to their liking, relax, gain new knowledge, hear the voice of nature, or experience a fascinating adventure. This is a town full of positive emotions, which is worth to come back to and live in. This is a town you may easily fall in love with.

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