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Multicultural Trail

Multicultural Trail

Colour: green
Stations: 12
Duration: 3 - 4 hours

The location of Lublin at the cultural frontier between the eastern and western Christianity, as well as on key trade routes which existed here in early Middle Ages, meant that over the centuries the city has been characterised by multiculturalism. Its residents practised various religions and a significant part of them spoke different languages.

Russians, Germans, Jews, Armenians, Turks, as well as French, Scottish, Greek, Dutch and English nationals integrated well with the community of Lublin. A significant part in the cultural landscape of Lublin was played by Italians, who, as Catholics, found it easy to get Polonised; the works made by the hands and minds of some of them who belonged to the Builders Guild are apparent in the architectural design of several churches, especially ones representing the Lublin Renaissance and Baroque styles.

At the turn of the 17th and 18th century, the Russian community found here since the Middle Ages was flourishing. In 1588, an Orthodox Church brotherhood was established in Lublin. The size of the Orthodox population rose at the time of the loss of Polish independence and the Russian occupation. At the same time, the occupiers limited the rights of the Uniates, whose church was located here after the conclusion of the Union of Brest in 1596. In the city of Lublin, Calvinist churches were also built in the period of reformation. The role of Orthodox residents grew at the time of intense industrial development at the turn of the 19th and 20th century.

Besides having the largest Polish population, Lublin was also the residence of Jews who, at the dawn of the 16th century, began to build their own district at Podzamcze. Over the centuries, until the tragic extermination carried out by the Nazis during the Second World War, the Jewish community contributed greatly to the economic and religious development of Lublin. The Multicultural Trail allows the visitors to learn about the most important locations and buildings which are the testament to the historic openness and tolerance of the residents of Lublin towards various religions and different social concepts originating from the common European and non-European heritage.



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