Jeziorzany, Lublin Voivodeship
Jeziorzany [jɛʑɔˈʐanɨ] is a village in Lubartów County, Lublin Voivodeship, in eastern Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Jeziorzany. It lies in historic Lesser Poland, approximately 27 kilometres (17 mi) north-west of Lubartów and 45 km (28 mi) north-west of the regional capital Lublin. The village has a population of 780, and used to be a town in 1498 - 1870.
The village was originally called Przetoczno; in 1564 its name was changed into Lysobyki, and in 1965, to Jeziorzany. It is located on a small island, in the middle of the Wieprz river valley. Jeziorzany is famous for its 16th century street grid system, which has not changed for almost 500 years. Most of the houses are made of timber, with specially decorated porches and window shutters facing the streets.
The history of Przetoczno dates back to February 3, 1498, when, upon request of Voivode of Sandomierz, Mikolaj z Ostrowa, King Jan Olbracht granted it town charter. In 1530, the town belonged to the Zbaski family, and in the same year, Lukasz Zbaski asked King Sigismund I Old to confirm the town charter. In 1564, the name of the town was changed into Lysobyki, and until the Partitions of Poland, it was part of County of Stezyca, Sandomierz Voivodeship.
In 1815 - 1915, Lysobyki belonged to the Russian-controlled Congress Poland, and in 1831, during the November Uprising, a skirmish took place here between Polish and Russian units. In 1870 the Russians stripped Lysobyki of the town charter; same happened to a number of other towns in northern Lesser Poland. In 1965, the name of the village was changed into Jeziorzany.