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Pultusk is a town with a population of above 19 thousand. It is situ- ated in the north of Mazovia, within 60 kilometers’ drive from Warsaw, on the route to Mazurian Lakes. There is still another route leading to Ma- zurian Lakes and to Augus- towskie Lake District, going through Pułtusk: along the natural waterway formed by the Narew river. Before the riv- er reaches the town, two kilometers off, its bed forks encompassing the Old Town and the Marketplace with the castle and the adjacent tenement houses. The vast river-basin joins that of the Bug river south of Pułtusk. The eastern outskirts of the town border on the White Forest, nearly 500 km2 in area. Pułtusk performs the functions of an administrative center; traditionally, for centuries, it has also been connected with educational activities, and, more recently, is a venue of meetings of the world’s Polonia. It is an important public services center as well, providing for the needs of inhabitants of the Pułtusk gmina and powiat through its culture, health care, social welfare, court etc. institutions.


Our strong points include: clean natural environment with no industries polluting it, numerous monuments and relics of the past, interesting history, beautiful landscapes, developed network of shops, hotels and restaurants making up a rich offer for tourists; development of a higher education system, and presence of schools, culture and welfare institutions, and economic organizations pursuing far-flung co-operation with their for- eign counterparts; prospering network of banks including the town into a capital circula- tion system; close vicinity of numerous towns (Ciechanów, Ostrołęka, Wyszków, Warszawa); availability of premises and land for development for the purposes of tourism; as well as reliable infrastructure, i.e. water mains, sewerage system, gas grid, power net- work, and telecommunications network.
PUŁTUSK is one of the oldest and most beautiful Polish towns, picturesquely situated on the Narew river. The serene atmosphere of its lovely surroundings, as well as its nu- merous monuments and relics of the past attract visitors relishing a rare combination of qualities like this.
PUŁTUSK was probably first founded in 1257, but the documentary evidence preserved
allows to trace its foundation back to the 1339 year. Contemporary Pułtusk is, among oth- ers, famous for its 400-metre-long Marketplace which is the longest one in Europe, and for its Collegiate Church with recently renovated Renaissance frescoes on the vault (known as „the Pułtusk vault”) in the nave. Other important relics of the past which have been pre- served up to nowadays include: the Town Hall tower, Gothic in its character(currently the Regional Museum), remnants of the old city walls with a turret, a former Płock Bishops’ castle (Polonia House since 1989), a belfry of the Collegiate Church, St Mary Magdalene’s Chapel, a former church under the invocation of the Holy Virgin Mary (the State Archives at present), St St Peter and Paul’s Church (called the school church), a former Fathers-Pension- ers’ Home (the District Court at present), the munici- pal hospital with an adjacent tower, and the present Municipal Social Club.
Pułtusk is also associated with Pultusk School of Humanities, opened in 1994. This little center of powiat administration, whose population does not even amount to nineteen thousand, is now often re- ferred to as „Oxford-upon-Narew”, and has become
home to fifteen thousand students. Lovers of historical anecdotes are welcome to a town friendly to all newcomers, whose name can be found chiseled on the Triumphal Arch in Paris in commemoration of an important battle in one of Napoleonic campaigns. The Emperor’s stay in Pułtusk has also been commemorated: with a plaque imbedded in the front wall of one of the tenement houses lining the Marketplace.
Those who are keen on active rest are offered numerous attractions on the riverside.
Angling on the Narew is part of nice memories of many a keen angler. Additionally, the Polonia House sports and recreational facilities including a boat house with its rent-a-boat services, tennis courts, or a picturesque park surrounding the castle will meet the require- ments of even the most exacting tourists. Shooters can verify their unerring aim at a roofed shooting gallery fit for the use of fire-arms and pneumatic guns, and in the open air there are facilities for archers. Lovers of nature have a chance for a close encounter with a beaver, a gray heron or even an otter or a black stork – within the precincts of the town! Keen lovers of walking and hiking may like walking tours of the town and of its sur- roundings. Those who are fond of archaeology will surely be interested to see the exhibi- tion in the Regional Museum presenting archaeological excavations conducted within the boundaries of the town. Apart from exhibits illustrating the history of Pułtusk there is also something special here for all those interested in astronomy: remnants of a big meteorite found in the vicinity of the town. A long list of tourist attractions also includes sightseeing tours of the town on horse- back or in comfortable britzkas (Polish-style open carriages drawn by horses) and cruises down the Narew in long boats called „Pułtusk gondolas”. Last but not least, visitors to Pułtusk should not undervalue the town’s location in a close vicinity of Nadbużański Landscape Park. The park covers a vast area in the lower course of the Bug river, from Sterdynia down to almost as far as its estuary, as well as a section of the lower course of the Narew, and a vast wooded complex on both the sides of the Bug. Pułtusk is partly situated within the boundaries of Nadburzański Landscape Park. The area in question is also a cradle of folk art, still cultivated in the countryside. It is also connected with the memory of many outstanding Poles, including Piotr Skarga (a famous preacher), Maria Dąbrowska, Wiktor Gomulicki and Melchior Wańkowicz (writers). It was also here, in Zuzela, a village situated on the Bug, that Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński (called the Primate of the Millennium) was born and spent his childhood. It has already become a tradition that every year, at the end of September, the Market-
place in Pułtusk teems with friends of the Patron of the town, Saint Matthew, who gatherhere to celebrate the day dedicated to the Saint. Towards the end of December the Marketplace changes its appearance once again, becoming a huge open-air theatre for a historical spectacle „Napoleon in Pułtusk”.




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