Podkarpackie is located in the south-eastern part of the country, bordering to the east with Ukraine, to the south with Slovakia and with other provinces: to the north east with Lubelski, to the northwest with Świętokrzyskie and to the west with Małopolski. The capital and most important city of the Podkarpackie province is Rzeszów. The closest cities to Arłamów are Przemyśl, Sanok, Ustrzyki Dolne and Lesko.
Przemyśl is the most beautiful city in the region, it boasts a rich history and numerous reminders of the past. This typical border culture city is a very important cultural centre. There are several museum establishments and several galleries, and there are numerous festivals and events. The cultural value of Przemyśl is primarily a number of monuments, including the remains of the Austrian fortress, scattered throughout the whole town:
- Basilica of the Archcathedral of the assumption of Mary and St. John the Baptist from the 15th-16th centuries, originally Gothic, then rebuilt in the Baroque style.
- Orthodox Archcathedral Church of St. John the Baptist of the Byzantine-Ukrainian rite, built in the 17th century.
- Franciscan Baroque church from the eighteenth century richly decorated in the Rococo style.
- „Baroque monastery complex of the 17th century Carmelite church and monastery of Reformations of the 17th century.
- Benedictine monastery complex from the 17th-18th centuries.
- Basilian Orthodox Church built between 1930-1935.
- Przemyśl Castle, built in the 14th century at the command of Casimir the Great on the site of a former early-middle-ages castle.
The forts and ramparts of the Przemyśl Fortress from World War I were an extraordinary monument of military architecture on a European scale.
In the vicinity of Przemyśl it is also worth visiting Krasiczyn to see the castle considered one of the most valuable monuments of Polish Renaissance architecture. The surrounding Castle Park is the most interesting landscape gardens in Poland.”
Sanok is an important economic and cultural centre. Tourists define it as the „Bieszczad gate”. The most interesting tourist attractions in Sanok include:
- Ethnographic Park Museum of Folk Construction – known as the Sanok Skansen, the largest in Poland, created in 1966. Cultural monuments of the ethnographic groups living in the region: Boyks, Łemks, Pogórzan and Dolinian are gathered here.
- Historical Museum, housed in the building of a 16th century castle, which boasts a unique collection, one of the largest, of Podkarpackie icons in Poland and a collection of works by Zdzisław Beksiński, an outstanding contemporary painter from Sanok.
- Orthodox cathedral church of the Holy Trinity from 1784.
- Market Square with a 17th century Franciscan monastery and an eclectic town hall. The market has a stylish promenade with a statue of Good Soldier Szwejk.
Lesko is an important centre of cultural and tourist traffic. Worth seeing there:
- Lesko Castle – erected about 1550 by the Kmitas – the then owners of Lesko, rebuilt several times. Today it houses a guesthouse.
- Gothic church parish of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary with a baroque interior, founded in the first half of the 16th century by Piotr Kmita.
- Brick synagogue, built at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, now houses a gallery of art, the Bieszczady House of Culture.
Ustrzyki Dolne is the winter capital of Podkarpackie. There are two larger ski stations within the town: Gromadzyń and the Laworta cable car. The runs at Gromadzyń and Laworta have been approved by the FIS, which allows the organization skiing competitions at the highest level. In addition to downhill and snowboarding, there are also cross-country trails in Ustrzyki Dolne, which are among the best in Poland. Ustrzyki Dolne also invites summer tourists. The surrounding hills boast 25 kilometres of marked walking trails, 150 kilometres of horse trails, 100 kilometres of bicycle trails. On top of Kamienna Laworta a bicycle Park „DOWNHILL” has been created, which offers three specially prepared downhill runs for extreme cycling.
The main tourist attraction of the city is the Bieszczady Nature Museum and the Didactic and Scientific Centre of the Bieszczady National Park. The museum presents historical-ethnographic exhibitions, showing the history of the region and the Bieszczady flora and fauna.
Also worthy of note:
- Bieszczady Museum of Milling from 1925.
- Former synagogue from the first half of the nineteenth century, in which a library is now located.
- Jewish cemetery from the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Greek Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary of 1847.
Neogothic church with a precious 17th century icon of the Virgin Mary with Child, brought by displaced persons from Belz.
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