Zwierzyniec

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Zwierzyniec
The House of the Plenipotentiary (now the head office of the Roztocze National Park Management) in Zwierzyniec
The House of the Plenipotentiary (now the head office of the Roztocze National Park Management) in Zwierzyniec
Coat of arms of Zwierzyniec
Coat of arms
Zwierzyniec is located in Poland
Zwierzyniec
Zwierzyniec
Coordinates: 50°37′N 22°58′E / 50.617°N 22.967°E / 50.617; 22.967
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lublin
County Zamość
Gmina Zwierzyniec
Government
 • Mayor Jan Skiba
Area
 • Total 4.82 km2 (1.86 sq mi)
Elevation 215 m (705 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 3,344
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 22-470
Car plates LZA
Website http://www.zwierzyniec.info.pl

Zwierzyniec [zvjɛˈʐɨɲɛt͡s] is a town on the Wieprz river in the Zamość County, Lublin Voivodeship, Poland. It has 3,324 inhabitants (2004).

Zwierzyniec is the northernmost town of the Roztocze National Park. The park comprises some of the last remaining sections of the primordial forest of Central Europe, especially spectacular stand of ancient beech trees (Bukowa Gora). It also is a rail junction, located along the Rejowiec Fabryczny - Hrebenne - Munina connection, with a branch line going westwards, to Stalowa Wola, via Biłgoraj.

History[edit]

The Zwierzyniec settlement was established in the 16th century by the Zamoyski family. One of the features here is an artificial lake with a number of small islands - one of them contains monuments of the hounds belonging to the Polish Queen Marysieńka Sobieska (primo voto Zamoyska).

On another island the Zamoyskis built a baroque chapel, which became later the main church of the local Catholic parish. It is now known as the St John Nepomucene's parish church - renovated and expanded in early 1960s by father Dutkowski. The access to the chapel island is now via a bridge.

During the Second World War, Nazi Germans set up a transit camp in Zwierzyniec, with many victims sent to the death camps.

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Coordinates: 50°37′N 22°58′E / 50.617°N 22.967°E / 50.617; 22.967