Lublin was called the “Jerusalem of the Kingdom of Poland” for centuries. Today, traces of the Jewish community can be found in old synagogues and in the regional cuisine. What is worth visiting in Lublin during such a tour?
The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is located in the Old Town, in the gate that used to be a passage between Christian and Jewish Lublin. Today, the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre collects mementos of the Jewish community, preserving the memory not only of Jews but also of the city’s former multiculturalism. This is where you can move to Lublin, which does not exist today – to the bustling ul. Szeroka and the Maharshal synagogue.
Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. It was the largest Talmudic University in Poland in the 1930s. Today, the building of Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva houses the Ilan hotel, but the museum and the Synagogue are open to all visitors.
Chewra Nosim is located at ul. Lubartowska. Despite the passage of time, it has been preserved intact. It is the seat of the Lublin Jewish Memorial Chamber, and the exhibition organized inside it consists of photographs, Torah scrolls, books, and liturgical equipment.
Old and New Kirkut, Jewish cemeteries located in the Kalinowszczyzna district. The Old Kirkut consists of 60 historic tombstones, the oldest from the 16th century. In the area of New Kirkut, there is a Memorial Room with an active synagogue.
The State Museum at Majdanek. The task of the museum is to preserve the memory of all victims and prisoners of the Majdanek concentration camp, including Jews. On the premises of the State Museum at Majdanek, there are barracks with exhibits, Monuments of Struggle and Martyrdom (Mausoleum and Monument-Gate), as well as the Column of Three Eagles, built by prisoners of the still operating camp.
Jewish cuisine. The memory of people and their traditions has not died in Lublin. Jewish dishes are served in the local restaurants – Mandragora and The Olive, which also organize festivals of Jewish culture and klezmer concerts. You can also visit one of the several Old Town bakeries for delicacies of poor Lublin Jews. The onion flatbread tastes good at any time, but it’s best in the early morning.
The mural at ul. Unii Lubelskiej. There is a mural depicting the no longer existing ul. Szeroka on the wall along the street, in front of the Vivo gallery! Szeroka was the center of the Jewish district, which was teeming with life thanks to trade and crafts.