Attractions

 

  Following traces of history it is worth to see in Węgorzewo:

The gothic parish of St Peter's and Paul's built at the beginning of the 17 th century. Used by the Evangelist dominion, but since 1945 it has been converted to be used by the Roman - Catholic dominion. A lot of original elements of furnishings are retained here.
 
In the church one can see pipe organs in the region (1647). Worth the attention is baroque alter richly decorated with sculptures as well as Latin and German writings, the 17 th century pulpit, rebuilt in the 18 th century, two confessionals built in 1696 and 1715.  
  The Ethnic Museum - opened in 1991.
The exhibits have been gathered since 1969. They are manmade fabrics, clothes, ritual arts, ceramics, sculpture and paintings. The exhibits origin from The Warmia and Mazury Region and from the mother countries of the present inhabitants of Great Mazurian Lakes Land.
The exhibits are gathered in following units:
  • etnographic;
  • historic - archeological;
  • scientifically- educational.
The Ethnic Museum takes care of the folk artists, who continues regional tradition in whole Province, patronizes the music and dancing groups, organizes the exhibitions, conferences. More information you can find here.
 
The Ethnographic Park..
The Ethnographic Park next to Węgorapa River, wchich lies near to Ethnic Museum. One can see buildings of traditional XVIII-th i XIX-th centuries Mazurian architecture. It is also worth seeing some exhibitions of material culture of this region.

Teutonic Order Knight's Castle.
It was built at the end of the 14 th century. It was a tripartite, three tower building with the battlement positions,
 
 
  but unfortunately over the centuries it was rebuilt so many times that today it does not resemble the original Teutonic architecture. The last Teutonic gable disintegrated in 1845. During the 2 nd world war the castle was destroyed and only in the 1980's it has been totally rebuilt.
 
The Lehndorff Palace.
The most important antique building in the region is the Lehndorff Palace, in Sztynort Duży, built in the 16 th century. The estate is surrounded by a magnificent park, with 160 oaks growing there (the oldest one was planted in the year 1600). On the cape between the lakes Sztynorckie and Labap are the ruins of the family's tombstone.

The Masurian Canal.
A hydrotechnical place of interest is an unfinished
 
 
  22 km long Masurian Canal running from the Mamry Lake through Rydzowka all the way to the Russian border. It was designed to join the Masurian Lake to the Baltic Sea. In 1862 the first plans to build a canal were drawn, and although there were many attempts to continue the building, the canal was never finished. On the polish side of the canal there are 5 locks. The most interesting locks are situated in Leśniewo, and the other one in Guja village.
The Bunkers.
The amateurs of the military style architecture can sightsee the bunkers of the Wehrmacht Headquarters „Anna” in Mamerki, and Himmler's Headquarters in Pozezdrze. But the most famous of all the bunkers are the Hitler's War Headquarters in Poland - Wilczy Szaniec in Gierloz (close to Kętrzyn). There are over 80 buildings including 7 concrete bunkers.
 
 
  Świeta Lipka Monastery.
Going to Gierloz, one must definitely prolong the trip and go over to the Swieta Lipka to see the magnificent baroque monastery. This well known pilgrimage centre is often visited by the tourists and pilgrims, as its interior is one of the kind when it comes to the interior decorations of 17 th and 18 th centuries.
During the season there are many pipe organ concerts organized at the monastery. The amazing sight during these concerts are the moving figures of the saint placed on the organs.
 
The Pyramids.
The pyramids are the symbol of immortality can be found not only in Egypt but also in our region. One of them is found in Rapa, where on the orders of Duke Fahrenheit, a tomb in the shape of pyramid was built according to the plans by Bartel Thorwaldsen. It is said that the pyramid stands in the area where the three geomantic lines cross.
These apparently influence the human body in a positive way. The mumified remains of the family found their resting place there.
Beskides abovementioned places of interest one can also see are: the estates in Nowa Guja and in Trygort, palaces in Rudziszki and Wiecki as well as the Lefevre family tomb in Rydzowka, a church in Wegielsztyn and the Bismarck Tower in Srokowo.
 


More information you can find in the Richard Karuzo's guide-book „The most interesting routes of East Masures and Suwalki District”.

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