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Unique natural values of the Beautiful East attract many visitors. A trip to this region is a great chance to meet the rich culture and tradition connected with the history of many nations. Even today we can admire the legacy of the turbulent history of these lands. Charming small and large towns and villages where old buildings mingle with modern structures provide unforgettable experiences that make tourists want to come back and visit this region again and again. Monuments, forts, palaces, castles and mansions have unique historical values. Various exhibits exposed in numerous museums allow visitors to enjoy the cultural and historical beauty of these lands. A wide variety of art galleries will satisfy even the most demanding guests. Just take a look at the events calendar… A whole range attractions of the Beautiful East are waiting for you!

Samsonów-Archiwum ROTWŚ
Samsonów-Archiwum ROTWŚ
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The village at the Bobrza river having industrial traditions. The first blast furnace has been build here in 1598.

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Oblęgorek-Paweł Pierscinski
Oblęgorek-Paweł Pierscinski

In Oblęgorek, near Strawczyn, we can visit the Henryk Sienkiewicz Museum. It is located in a palace, which the writer received from the society as a gift in 1900 on the occasion of the completion of his twenty-five- year-long period of literary work.

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Maleniec, Muzeum Techniki2-Michał Maciążek
Maleniec, Muzeum Techniki2-Michał Maciążek

Twenty-four kilometers west of Końskie, in Maleniec, on the Czarna River, there is an over two hundred year-old complex of rolling mills and nail plants. It has been founded in 1784 by the Castellan of Łuków Jacek Jezierski, who presented the plant in summer 1787 to King Stanislaw August Poniatowski, for whom he gave a special feast. With the years, the owners changed, modernizing the machine park and changing the production profile.

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Pałac Biskupów Krakowskich-Michał Maciążek
Pałac Biskupów Krakowskich-Michał Maciążek

This is one of the greatest and best preserved residences from the Vasa dynasty times. The palace, located in the monumental city part, houses original interiors from the XVII and XVIII century with unique elements of architectural decorations: frame roofs with paintings from the workshop of Thomas Dolabella, polychrome beam-framed floors, ceiling friezes, marble and stone fireplaces, portals and floor fragments.

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Ciuchcia Express Ponidzie - Archiwum ROTWŚ
Ciuchcia Express Ponidzie - Archiwum ROTWŚ

A retro narrow-gauge train shuttles between Jędrzejów and Pińczów. Besides the standard tourist trips, there is also a possibility to organize special tailor-made excursions on every possible occasion.

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Ciekoty-zalew-Archiwum ROTWŚ
Ciekoty-zalew-Archiwum ROTWŚ

Stefan Żeromski spend here his infant and adolescent years; the so called "Żeromszczyzna" is at present a recreation area with a small water reservoir, a summer café and a small camping facility.

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Chęciny - widok na zamek - Michał Maciążek
Chęciny - widok na zamek - Michał Maciążek

The Royal Castle in Chęciny was constructed on a hill (360m above sea level) at the turn of the XIII and XIV century as an upland-type fortress. King Władysław Jagiełło used its favorable location and has chosen the place as site of assizes and nobility conversions.

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Ruiny Zamku w Bodzentynie
Ruiny Zamku w Bodzentynie

The small town Bodzentyn, famous in Central Europe for its horse markets, is one of the most visited tourist towns right at the heart of Świętokrzyskie mountains. Founded on initiative of the Bishop of Cracow Bodzanta from Janków between 1348 and 1355 when he founded the parish church in civitate nostra Bodzantino. The town had been surrounded by the bishop Florian from Morsk in XIV century with high defensive walls, who also initiated the construction of a castle on the high hill.

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Mur oporowy w Bobrzy
Mur oporowy w Bobrzy

Bobrza, at times of the biggest industrial bloom, belonged to the bishops of Cracow. In the beginning of XVII century, bishop Piotr Tylicki brought from Bergamo a family of Italian metallurgists, entrusting them the development of existing forging. During the years 1610 -1613, Wawrzyniec and Jan Cacciow build a large blast furnace, the first on Polish land, as well as three roasting furnaces. Bobrza was at that time the center of a big complex of 7 forges, in which cannons, shots, sabers and boilers were produced.

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Zamek Krzyżtopór
Zamek Krzyżtopór
  Krzyżtopór - Archwium ROTŚ
Krzyżtopór - Archwium ROTŚ

The Krzyżtopór Castle is not unlike a calendar. It has as many windows as days of the year (363 – in a leap year; in normal years, one window was bricked up) as many rooms as weeks (54), as many ballrooms as months (12), as many towers as quarters (4) and as many entrances as weekdays. Most of the windows, rooms and entrances remain intact today.

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