1.1 Promotion of local culture and history
Sokółka Commune (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Education, Sports and Tourism Department of Hrodna City Executive (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
Hrodna District Unit of Social Organization Tourism-Sport National Association (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
A Polish-Belarusian borderland is a perfect place for recreation because of its’ landscapes, clean air, low urbanization and conditions for active leisure.
Tourists appreciate Sokółka (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland) and Hrodna (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus) for its culture, architecture and historical background.
Both towns share also a forgotten friend of Polish King S.A. Poniatowski – Antoni Tyzenhaus, an important reformer, who in the 18th century managed
the economy of the HrodnaRegion.
The Tyzenhauz project will convey the atmosphere of the 18-th century via renovation of two historical buildings related to the old Starosta. Now they will
be dedicated to cultural, educational and tourism purposes. In the former Palace of the Vice Administrator in Hrodna, an exhibition gallery, a meeting room
and a music salon will be created. In the aged tenement house in Sokółka we could visit Antoni Tyzenhauz chamber, new conference room, see an exhibition
and try educational and handicraft workshops. The new information points in both cities will serve joint tourist offer. But the most expected is "Tyzenhauz Trail" – almost 60 km bike route from Sokółka to Hrodna via Kuźnica-Bruzhi border point covering the main historical sights. The residents and tourists could take part
in cycling tours and even borrow the bicycles free of charge. And those more reflective could rest on the “Tyzenhauz benches”.
Improved tourist and historical objects in Sokółka and Hrodna are going to raise the attractiveness of whole cross-border region, being considered
as an interesting tourist destination. It will also create conditions for the joint tourism development in a longer perspective to set out the common direction
of unified heritage promotion. The residents and visitors will obtain not only the new Culture Centres but also will become more familiar with the local history
and culture of this neighbouring region. The project activities recalling great Starosta Antoni Tyzenhauz are going to create a kind of “cross-border bridge” connecting people and their common heritage of Poland and Belarus.
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