Lublin. The town of dead

Lublin. The town of dead

During the walk, we will visit the city from the less visible side, which most people try to avoid – from the side of death. Nowadays places directly related to the world of the dead are not particularly exposed to the city centre. But in the past it was different.

During the walk, we will see the most interesting and important places connected to death. We will get to know when coffins began to be used in our region, how close to an active cemetery a well could have stood, why in the crypts the bodies maintain better than in the ground, how did funeral fashion change over the centuries, and what punishment threatened Lublin women for using magic tricks with bones brought from the cemetery.

Scenario of the walk:

  • The Castle Hill: cemeteries and graveyards in Lublin. Five thousand years old graves under the northern wing of the Castle. Cemetery at the Holy Trinity Chapel.
  • Błonie: mass grave of the victims of the massacre at the Castle on July 22, 1944. Exhumation and transfer of the remains to the cemetery at Lipowa Street.
  • Plac po Farze: “many carts of bones” from the cemetery at the church of st. Michael. A cemetery in a densely built-up city vs. hygiene issues.
  • St. Stanislau: Sansovino’s pose on the example of the two-storied tombstone of the Firlej family and a separate tombstone of a townsman in the northern aisle. Crypt burials. Bones of mammoth and teeth of a woolly rhino.
  • Złota 5: corpses in a suitcase (2012). The grim recent story of Lublin’s Old Town.
  • The Crown Tribunal: the witchcraft of Lublin women related to the dead bones and punishments for the use of such dark practices.
  • Łokietek Square: early medieval cemetery and cemetery on Świętoduska street. Crypts in the basement of today’s City Hall. Child burial with a rattle under the traffic circle. How do archaeologists date found burials?
  • Krakowskie Przedmieście: body of a Wehrmacht soldier under the pavement.
  • Litewski Square: cemetery at the Church of the Brothers of Mercy. Shallow burial of German soldiers from 1944. What happens to the human remains found by archaeologists?
  • Centre for Culture: a tragic fire at the convent of Visitation Sisters. A nun bricked up in a cell. Prosectorium of the Medical University and residential barracks.

About Tour

Language:
Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian
Theme:
Specialised tour
Days:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Duration:
up to 2 hours
Tour length:
-
Number of people:
up to 30
Price:

200 PLN

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Volodymyr Dyshlevuk

Volodymyr Dyshlevuk

I am a history and psychology graduate. On a daily basis, I cooperate with the “Grodzka Gate — NN Theater” Center and the ROOTKA travel agency. As a guide in Lublin, I would like to encourage tourists to discover the city with me.  For my walks I invite organized groups and individuals of all ages. I also run workshops: “How to show tours”  and “Interpretation of heritage in the work of a guide”. In my spare time, I’m a translator of poetry, plays, essays and diaries of Holocaust survivors. I approach each tour individually, taking into account the interests of individual tourists and groups.