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 and Hrodna for culture, architecture and historical background. Both cities share also a memory of Antoni Tyzenhauz – a friend of Polish King S.A. Poniatowski, an important reformer, who managed the economy of the Hrodna Region in the 18th century.
The TYZENHAUZ project will convey the atmosphere of the 18th century via the renovation of two historical buildings related to Antoni Tyzenhauz. 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 will be able to 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 Białostocka–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. Those more reflective could rest on the “Tyzenhauz benches”.
Improved historical objects in Sokółka and Hrodna will become interesting tourist destination creating conditions for tourism development and common heritage promotion in a longer perspective. The residents and visitors of this region will obtain new culture centres becoming more familiar with a common history. The project activities recalling great Starosta Antoni Tyzenhauz, are going to create a kind of “cross-border bridge” connecting the people and heritage of Poland and Belarus.
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