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Siedlce, a city of 80,000 inhabitants, lies only 90 km from Warsaw and 100 km from the eastern border of the European Union. This is a city of rich history spanning many centuries, characterized by dynamic development in the recent years. Siedlce is a city of young and open people, who are friendly and well-educated.

Universities, including the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Collegium Mazovia and other schools educate 13,000 students. In over 50 schools, 20,000 children and teenagers are taught. For many years now, Siedlce has been in the top position in rankings evaluating conditions and quality of life in Polish cities.

SiedlceIn 2011, Siedlce were distinguished by the prestigious emblem “Teraz Polska” (“Poland Now”). The unquestionable advantage of the city is location along one of the most important communication routes of Europe. The Berlin – Moscow railway route, currently modernized and transformed into a “quick railway” line, assures convenient connections with the entire Europe. Communication with the city will soon be improved by the A2 expressway, which will cut across Siedlce. Siedlce is a strong economic centre. Large companies operate here: Polimex – Mostostal and Drosed, as well as over eight thousand companies of various sizes. In the recent years, companies from Switzerland (rail vehicles), France (food industry, telemarketing, construction railings), USA (lighting masts, animal nutrition, alcohols), Germany (fruit processing) and Portugal (plastics) decided to invest in Siedlce. Establishment of the Special Economic Zone and significant tax reductions constituted encouragement for investments which created many new work places.

Cultural traditions of the city go back to the times of Duchess Aleksandra Ogińska, when in the second half of the 18th century Siedlce was one of the most important cultural centres in the Republic of Poland. The most valuable monuments in the city derive from this period – the Ogiński Palace, the city hall, the Classicist Church of St. Stanislaus and the historical park called “Aleksandria.” The Diocese Museum has unique collections, where a painting of El Greco, the famous Spanish painter, is exhibited: “Ecstasy of St. Francis.” This is the only painting of this artist shown in Poland. The Museum of John Paul II has an impressive collection of tokens related to the person of the Polish pope; this is the third collection with respect to size. Currently, the place has 19 relics of Blessed John Paul II.

SiedlceSiedlce is an excellent place for starting a trip to the wonderful valley of the Bug River. This wild and unregulated river attracts lovers of true nature. Unique nature of the Bug area, untouched by civilization, multi-ethnicity and multi-cultural character of regions located over the river make a trip to the Bug land remembered for a long time. A free gallop along the river, canoeing or rafting trips down the river, hiking combined with discovery of miracles of nature, interesting cycling paths are only some of the many possibilities for an active weekend or summer holiday. Each place here is charming; some of the unique locations include a view towards the river from Zamkowa Mount in Drohiczyn or Mielnik, the most famous stud farm of Arab horses in Janów Podlaski or Grabarka Mount – the Orthodox place of worship. From here, it is not far to Białowieża which, with its unique forest, was entered in the UNESCO list of world heritage.

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