Zwierzyniec - the Pearl of Roztocze Region
Zwierzyniec is the picturesque town-garden located in the Roztocze Region (Eastern part of Poland). The settlement was established by Great Crown Chancellor and Hetman Jan Zamoyski at the end of the 16th century. He built a wooden manor house here, surrounded by a small zoological garden. In the 17th century the manor house was changed into a palace. Near the palace was dug artificial lake with a number of small islands. On the island the Zamoyskis built a baroque chapel, which became later the main church of the local Catholic parish. It is now known as the St John Nepomucene's parish church (or a church on water). The access to the chapel island is now via a bridge.
Many of the buildings of Zamojski Ordynance have been preserved till today. There is a brewery from 1802 and a masonry tavern from the beginning of the 19th century. In the beautiful antique wooden House of the Plenipotentiary is located a head office of the Roztocze National Park. The park was created in 1974 and protects some of the last remaining sections of the primordial forest of Central Europe. Tourists have a choice of many walking trails as well as a bicycle trail.
Roztocze in 2011 has become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.