Route of Lublin Greek Catolics

Route of Lublin Greek Catolics

Among the religious minorities living in Lublin, Greek Catholics seem to be almost unknown. But they have been in this city for four hundred years! During the walk, we will see places associated with centuries of the presence of Uniates in Lublin.

What connects the union of Lublin and the union of Brest? Why did the Greek Catholics fight with the Orthodox for the church on Ruska Street? What was the reason why the idea of ​​introducing neounion was not successful in the interwar period? Why did the education of future Greek Catholic priests begin in the times of the Polish People’s Republic in Lublin? When was the Greek Catholic parish revived in Lublin and who are today’s Lublin Greek Catholics?

During the walk, we will listen to many quotes from history (including never-published stories), belles-lettres, and even one piece of a theater play. Despite the fact that the walk was preceded by solid scientific research (the author used over 200 sources), it would not be boring – the history of the Lublin Uniates was very, very interesting.

Scenario of the walk:

  • The Castle Hill: the union of Lublin as an announcement of the union of Brest. King Sigismund II Augustus and the idea of ​​uniting churches.
  • The Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration: a hundred-year fight of Uniates and Dizunites for churches. Romanization in the Uniate Church. Basilian monastery and its dissolution after the January Uprising. The liquidation of the union by the Russian invader.
  • The Castle Hill: Jesuit missions among the Uniates of Podlasie and Chełm regions and Lublin as their base of operations.
  • St. Wojciech church / Retreat House: persecution of Greek Catholics by the authorities of the USSR and PRL. The Lay People Congress (1990).
  • Crown Tribunal: promoter of the union Bishop Hipacy Pociej, his opponent Prince Konstanty Ostrogski and their connections with Lublin. Meeting of Pociej and Ostrogski in 1595.
  • Lublin cathedral: the Jesuits and the union of Brest. Bernard Maciejowski, Teofil Rutka. Fr. Jerzy Hilary Kotkowski who was beaten by Jesuit students. An unsuccessful dispute in 1680.
  • Metropolitan Theological Seminary in Lublin: educating Greek Catholic candidates for the priesthood (from 1965 to today). Jarosław Madzelan is the first Greek Catholic graduate of the Seminary. The iconostasis of Jerzy Nowosielski.
  • Church of St. Paul: Greek Catholic services in the 1960s-1980s.
  • Osterwa Theater: “Polish Bethlehem” by Łucjan Rydel; the premiere of the play in Lublin.
  • St. Jozafat church: neounion in Lublin. Edward von Ropp’s Mission Institute. Revival of the parish in 1993.

About Tour

Polish, Russian, Ukrainian
Specialised tour
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
up to 2 hours
Tour length:
Number of people:
up to 30

200 PLN per group

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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.