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The Podlasie Province

Białystok, with its nearly 300 thousand inhabitants, is the biggest city of north-eastern Poland and the capital of the Podlasie Province. The Podlasie Province is called the green lungs of Poland owing to its unique ecological assets. In the vicinity of Białystok there are a lot of natural and historical complexes, unique on the European scale. There are, above all, the Białowieża National Park – the mainstay of aurochs in Europe, the Narew National Park – the mainstay of many extremely rare species of water and marsh birds, the Biebrza National Park – the largest valley bog complex in Central Europe, the Wigry National Park with Wigry lake – the second deepest lake in Poland, the Knyszyn Forest Landscape Park – the primeval forest adjacent to Białystok, the Łomża Landscape Park of Narew Valley and the Suwałki Landscape Park. These places of great scenic beauty attract not only tourists, but also photographers and film makers looking for exceptional setting for their works. Such films as Chronicles of Narnia, Nad Niemnem or Pan Tadeusz were partially made in the Podlasie Province. You may find more useful information on the Podlasie Province at the following websites: http://www.wrotapodlasia.pl/en
http://www.podlaskieit.pl/index.php?page=en

The early morning in the Białowieża National Park
The early morning in the Białowieża National Park, photo Tomasz Goliński

The sunrise in the Białowieża National Park
The sunrise in the Białowieża National Park, photo Tomasz Goliński

The Narew National Park
The Narew National Park

The Suwałki Landscape Park
The Suwałki Landscape Park

Podlasie
Podlasie, photo Tomasz Goliński

Podlasie
Lipowy Most, the Knyszyn Forest Landscape Park, photo Marian Pałczyński

You may find more photos of the Podlasie Province at the following websites:
https://www.facebook.com/MagiaPodlasia/photos_albums
http://www.ciekawepodlasie.pl/foto_podlasie

Białystok city

According to the legend, the history of Białystok began in 1320, when Lithuanian prince Gedymin was on an aurochs hunt in the woods. While he was resting over a stream, someone told him “A clear, white stok. You could build a hunting court here or even set a village”. In those days stok meant a small brook that runs down the hill. The brook is here also today, known as the Biała River (the White River). Undoubtedly the most precious monument of Białystok architecture is the 18th century Branicki Palace. Its shape is the reflection of kindly ambitions of the great hetman Jan Klemens Branicki. Its richness resembled the baroque palaces of French kings, hence its name the Versaille of Podlasie.

The Branicki Palace, the view from the courtyard
The Branicki Palace, the view from the courtyard, photo Tomasz Goliński

The Branicki Palace
The Branicki Palace, photo Tomasz Goliński

The interior of the Branicki Palace
The interior of the Branicki Palace

A fountain on the Kościuszko Square
A fountain on the Kościuszko Square

The view from the Kościuszko Square onto the neo-gothic Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary known as the Farny Church
The view from the Kościuszko Square onto the neo-gothic Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary known as the Farny Church

Białystok. The interior of the late baroque Old Farny Church
The interior of the late baroque Old Farny Church dates from 30’th of the 17th century

The Organizing Committee invites you to the virtual walk around Białystok.

The official Białystok website:
http://en.um.bialystok.pl/15/lang/en-GB/default.aspx

Weather in Białystok

You may find useful information on the actual weather forecast for Białystok at the website
http://www.meteoprog.pl/en/weather/Bialystok

Białystok, the Planty Park by winter
Białystok, the Planty Park by winter, photo Tomasz Goliński

Fountains in the Planty Park   Fountains in the Planty Park
And the same place by summer. Fountains in the Planty Park

Spring time in the Białowieża National Park
Spring time in the Białowieża National Park

Spring time in the Biebrza National Park
Spring time in the Biebrza National Park