In 1978, first two places from Poland were inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List: Krakow and Wieliczka. Today, the list includes fourteen unique sites that you cannot miss.
Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine
Located in Upper Silesia, in southern Poland, one of the main mining areas of central Europe, the site includes the entire underground mine with adits, shafts, galleries and water management system.
Old City of Zamość
Zamość was founded in the 16th century by Chancellor Jan Zamoysky on the trade route linking western and northern Europe with the Black Sea.
Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork
The castle is considered the world’s largest brick building made by mankind.
Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska
The wooden churches of southern Małopolska - Binarowa, Blizne, Dębno, Haczów, Lipnica Murowana, Sękowa - represent outstanding examples of the different aspects of medieval church-building traditions in Roman Catholic culture.
Historic Centre of Warsaw
The historic centre of Warsaw is a unique example of a planned near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.
Royal Salt Mines in Wieliczka and Bochnia
The deposits of rock salt in Wieliczka and Bochnia have been mined since the 13th century. The mines are the oldest of their type in the world.
Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica
The 17th century Churches of Peace in Silesia are the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe.
Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine
The tserkvas built at the turn of the 16th century are the oldest of their kind preserved in the territory of Polish and Ukrainian Carpathians.
The Białowieża National Park is the only Polish natural heritage site on the UNESCO List.
Historic Centre of Krakow
The historic centre of Krakow was the first site from Poland to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Medieval Town of Toruń
Toruń was founded by the Teutonic Order, in the 13th century. The unique spatial layout of Toruń has remained unchanged for 700 years.
German Nazi Concentration Camp in occupied Poland 1940–1945 wasthe Third Reich’s largest extermination camp.
Krakow is a laboratory for thought on heritage
I want the UNESCO session in Krakow to mark a return to the roots, Poland.pl was told by Prof. Jacek Purchla, art historian and economist, professor of humanities, a specialist in the field of cultural heritage and urban history, an expert on Krakow; founder and director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow and chairman of the session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow in 2017.
Poland among leaders of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register
Poland can boast as many as fourteen valuable items on the Memory of the World Register, which gives our country a leading position in terms of the number of inscriptions.
The first sentence in Polish in the UNESCO register
“Księga Henrykowska”, a chronicle of the Cistercian Abbey of the 13th century containing the oldest sentence written in Polish, has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.