Jerusalem of Polish Kingdom - Jewish Heritage in Lublin

1 day tour (6 hours)

Lublin, along with its royal castle, is one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated in the centre of the pre-war borders Poland, today's Lublin is the biggest city on its eastern border. Jewish life flourished here since as early as the establishing of the city in the 14th c. Within a few centuries the city became known as a centre of religion and academic life for Polish Jews, and was even called by some  the Jerusalem of Polish Kingdom. The development of the Jewish city was put to stop by the outbreak of WWII. The destruction of life was followed by the destruction of the majority of the district. Therefore, the tour around the former Jewish district of Lublin is a walk in a non-existent city, with some traces of memory, and only a little of its surviving material heritage.

Former Jewish District

The oldest mention of the Jewish settlement in Lublin dates back to the 14th c. The Jewish city flourished for centuries around the royal castle and the Old Town, the center of today's Lublin. During WWII Nazis deported most of Lublin’s Jewish inhabitants to Bełżec death camp and later on destroyed the majority of the district.

Visit: the area of the former Jewish district, Grodzka Gate.

 

The "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Center

The center is a local government cultural institution which research and collects data about the Jewish city of Lublin. In its activities, the Centre draws on the symbolic and historical significance of its residence, the Grodzka Gate, also known as the Jewish Gate.

Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin

Opened in June 1930, Lublin’s yeshiva was the dream project of Rabbi Meir Shapiro, who became the first head of the school. Referring to the 16th-century Talmudic education in Lublin, Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin became one of the most prestigious academies in Europe. Its impressive building survived the war and in 2006 a synagogue was reopened in its interiors.

The Old Jewish Cemetery

Known to be established as early as in 15th c., it is the oldest Jewish cemetery still existing in Poland. Destructed during WWII and neglected in post-war period, it still holds some precious tombstones with the matzevah of Seer of Lublin among them.

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  • Tour takes around 6 hours and may be adjusted to suit your individual expectations.

  • We offer tours in English, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish.

  • We may organize transportation for tour on individual request.

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