Sanok | Sanok |
One of the oldest and largest cities in the Podkarpackie region, Sanok is picturesquely situated on the San River, in the proximity of the Słonne Mountains and the Bukowskie Foothills, at the junction of numerous major roads.

One of the major urban areas in the south-eastern outskirts of the region, Sanok features numerous historical landmarks. It has retained a medieval urban layout. The old parts of the town are located on a steep hill, with the tallest point called Mount Parkowa (362 metres above sea level).

The most notable attractions here include the Historical Museum located in a castle. The Museum holds Poland’s most valuable assemblage of icons, the largest collection of works by the renowned artist, Zdzisław Beksiński, as well as impressive collections of religious art, pottery from Pokucie, modern art, military artefacts and portraits of Polish nobility.

A unique landmark here is the Museum of Rural Architecture, an outdoors exposition comprising an area of 38 hectares. It presents heritage of the Polish-Ukrainian borderland, once populated by Bojko, Łemko, Pogórzanie and Dolinianie ethnic groups. The exhibits on display include wooden buildings brought here from the Bieszczady and Low Beskid Mountains. The oldest religious structure here is a Gothic church from Bączal Dolny, dating from 1667.

 

Worth seeing:

  • royal castle built in 1523–1548 – Historical Museum, www.muzeum.sanok.pl
  • Franciscan church and monastery,
  • parish church of the Transfiguration of Jesus, dating from 1874–1887,
  • tserkov of the Holy Trinity,
  • church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
  • tserkov of the Lord’s Ascension, today a Roman Catholic church,
  • Museum of Rural Architecture, skansen.mblsanok.pl/indexokno.php
  • old town hall from the 18th-19th century,
  • present-day town hall,
  • 18th-19th century buildings in the old town,
  • 19th century house, so-called Ramerówka,
  • Sokole Gniazdo villa from the 1800s,
  • Szomka villa from 1892,
  • house of Atlas from 1906,
  • manor house and park formerly owned by the Mniszech family,
  • former building of Sokół Gymnastic Society from the 1800s,
  • missionary home, today Youth Culture Centre,
  • synagogue,
  • Jewish cemetery,
  • building of a late 18th century inn, today administrative office of the Historical Museum in Sanok,
  • building formerly holding a gymnasium and secondary school (Sobieskiego St.),
  •  “Girl in the Rain” fountain,
  • Švejk’s bench,
  • statue of Zdzisław Beksiński,
  • shrine with a figure of St. John Nepomuk,
  • Sanok BWA Gallery,
  • speed skating track,
  • Adam Mickiewicz mound on top of Mount Parkowa,
  • viewing platform.