The voivodeship of Lublin is in the eastern part of Poland.
Lublin City has been called the “Polish Oxford” due to its several centres for higher education. It gained its reputation when its strong Jewish community put up a rabbinical school in the 16th century. These days the city owes its youthful yet intellectual atmosphere to schools such as the University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. Students number around 30 to 40 percent of the entire city population. With its high percentage of young people, Lublin has a vibrant nightlife, as well as many leisurely attractions, including horse-riding. Its artificial lake, Zemborzycki Zalew, is a popular site for fishing and wind-surfing.
Despite its growing modernity and the mushrooming of new shopping centres, Lublin’s atmosphere remains tranquil. Some of its architectural landmarks have been declared World Heritage Sites, such as the Lublin Castle’s Trinity Chapel and its magnificent 15th century frescoes. Its Old Town is surrounded by well-restored town homes and narrow cobbled lanes. Its main entrance, the Cracow Gate and its fortified walls, is the city’s most famous landmark. Built in the late 14th century, it is a marvelous blend of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque designs. The Old Town also features exemplary sacred architecture in the Dominican Church and Monastery Complex, established by King Casimir the Great in 1342 .