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The name of the document: Protocol of intentions between the cities of Lublin (Poland) and Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine)

Areas of cooperation: the exchange of experience and the best practices in the spheres of local government, economy, culture, tourism, education and sport.

Signed: on March 30-th, in 2017

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Lublin is a city was called the «capital of eastern Poland», the largest and most developed on the right bank of the Vistula river. Lublin is one of the oldest settlements in Poland. Lublin is the capital of the Lublin Voivodeship and the administrative, economic, and cultural center of the region. The city is an important tourist center of Poland.

Lublin has a population more than 340 thousand people (9-th city in Poland). By hard and perfect work of local government, this region is increasingly developing in terms of communication. Lublin railway station and good expressways promotes better integration of Lublin with the suburbs and economic activation of new regions.

The economic potential of the city is more than 43 thousand enterprises, of which 96% are micro-enterprises with a state of less than 10 people. A less group consists of small enterprises - 3%, among which the employment does not exceed 50 persons. All of this ensures high diversification of the local economy.

Lublin is one of the leading educational centers in Poland and is the largest in the eastern part of the country (more than 88% of total number of students in the region is located in the Lublin Voivodeship). There are 5 public and 4 non-state higher education institutions functioning there, which are distinguished not only by the largest number of students in the Lublin Voivodeship, but mainly by their outstanding research work, which was highly appreciated in the country and abroad.

The historic part of the city, the Old Town, occupies a relatively small space between the Kraków Gate and the castle. In the Old Town Hall is hosted the Crown Tribunal, was built in the 15th century. The Old Town Market retains its ancient beauty: Renaissance stone buildings, which owned by wealthy merchant rich families.

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The Old Town

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View on the Old Town

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The Old Town Market

The prominent places of the city are the Brama Krakowska, the Lublin Old Town Hall and the Crown Tribunal, the Archcathedral, the Juliusz Osterwa Theatre and others.

The Brama Krakowska is the part of the city walls surrounding the Old Town. It was built in the first half of the XIV century. The Gate was named because of its location on the side of the road leading to the capital of Poland at that time - Krakow. The building of the houses of the Lublin City Center around this road led to the formation of the central street of Lublin - Krakowskie Przedmiescie street.

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The Brama Krakowska

The Old Town Hall was built in the 15th century. The grand building in the heart of the Old Town Market in its glory days functioned as the Crown Tribunal (1578 – 1794) - the highest nobles' court constituted by King Stephen Bathory. The Tribunal of Lublin was one of two, beside Piotrków Trybunalski, on the territory of old Korona. The nobility from all of Lesser Poland would come to Lublin to settle disputes. Corrupt judges and unfair judicial decisions caused the institution to be dissolved. One of the most infamous examples of corruption was the so-called Devil's Court, which supposedly took a place in 1637. Around 150 years later, Dominik Merlini – a court architect of King Stanisław August - rebuilt the edifice of the old Crown Tribunal, giving the building its present shape. Today the building house is a Wedding Palace, while its cellar is the starting point of Lublin Underground Route.

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The Old Town Hall

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The Crown Tribunal

The Archcathedral in Lublin was built during 1586-1604 years. It is a church with a several number of chapels on both sides.

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The Archcathedral

The Great Lublin Castle is located on the high elevation and was built in the 14-th century. The building got its modern look in the XIX century and now it is the Museum of Lublin. From the previous castle ensemble there is only a round tower-donjon.

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The Lublin Castle

The Juliusz Osterwa Theatre was built between 1884-86 in an eclectic style, according to the design of arch. Karol Kozłowski. Despite several renovation projects carried out, the building preserved its original architectural features from fin de siecle times, apparent in the building's facade and the interior design of the hall and auditorium.

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The Juliusz Osterwa Theatre

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The panorama of the city