Zamosc takes its name from the Zamoyski family, who created it as a
new town near their home village. The old town was originally laid out
by an Itallian and was part of the introduction of Italian Renaisance architecture
into Poland. The basic laout and most of the original buildings remain,
but they have seen remodelling over the centuries, particularly in the
addition of extra floors of the buildings surrounding the square and the
addition of the steps in front of the town hall. While the basic building
design may have been Italian, the influence of Polish architects own version
of Renaisance can be seen in the attics (the extension on the front wall
to conceal the roof) of some of the buildings.
The city was laid out as a fortress and in this it was relatively successful.
This is the Ratusz, the town/city hall, on the main square. Unusual for Polish main squares, the ratusz is not in the centre, but almost in one corner.
These are merchants houses, facing onto the main square.
The Synagogue, now used as a library.
The defensive walls.
This church has the look of one that has been remodelled several times in its history. The basic part of the tower seems to be Romanesque, with Baroque and Classic influences, possibly a rebuild as late as the late 19th century.
The cemetery chapel.
A very common design of modern Roman Catholic church, you can see identical buildings in other towns and cities.
A traditional cottage that is now surrounded by new housing.
It is very difficult to date wooden buildings as they tend to have been built in traditional styles. This one has the looks of a Jewish home in the style of its roof.
Very similar to the house above, but this one has been extensively renovated.
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