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Biłgoraj will turn into a 19th century town

Biłgoraj will build a housing estate which will look like a typical Polish town of the eastern borderlands at the turn of the 20th century. Old streets, houses, a palace and a synagogue will be reconstructed. The project, which originates from and is funded by Biłgoraj-based entrepreneur Tadeusz Kuźmiński, will be carried out by the Fundacja XXI Foundation.

Two market squares Polish and Jewish, with arcaded houses, will be built. The ground floors will serve as commercial space, upper floors will accommodate residential flats. The squares will be divided by ten-odd sieve makers’ houses.


According to the plan, a palace which belonged to Stanisław Nowakowski, the former proprietor of Biłgoraj, with a park which was modeled on Warsaw Łazienki park, all of which were destroyed during World War I, will be reconstructed. Additionally, an Orthodox church, a Catholic church and an old mill, which was burnt in the 1980s, will form part of the town’s landscape once again. A synagogue will be rebuilt at the Jewish market square. The founding stone was placed by the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich a few years ago. The synagogue will house a museum of Biłgoraj Jews. Building works are in an advanced stage.

Currently the Jewish square with surrounding houses are in the process of construction. The first tenants will be able to move in the Fall next year. To meet all fire requirements, some parts of the buildings are brick but they will be covered with wood, which will make them more faithful to the originals. The synagogue’s foundations and the house and museum of Isaac Bashevis Singer, who spent a few years here, have already been built. The reconstruction of a palace, which will be a hotel, will be the final stage of the project.

In addition to the financial support of businessman Tadeusz Koźmiński, the Foundation has been supported by Ambra alcohol producer and Black Red White furniture manufacturer. Both companies operate in Biłgoraj. Application for EU funds have been rejected, and the project has been placed on a reserve list.

The realization of the project is scheduled for many years. As for now, the Jewish market square is being made, which will be in use in 2014.


  • Gazeta Wyborcza – Lublin, Nowe miasto Biłgoraj (31.12.2012)