The voivodeship of Lublin is situated between the Vistula and the Bug, along the state frontier with Belarus and Ukraine. One of the characteristic features of the region is its multi-cultural nature stemming from, i. a. its location within a strip of the eastern borderland. The history of the titular region is known for a symbiosis of cultures and a confrontation of assorted outer impacts. This fact comprised both an encumbrance and a quality conducive for development. Remaining within a sphere of the strong influence exerted by leading cultural centres - Cracow, Lvov and Warsaw - the region in question can boast outstanding artists and their great works representing a supra-local rank. One of numerous interesting phenomena was the transference of European traditions and their adaptation for local needs by Polonised builders, as evidenced by the so-called Lublin Renaissance. The region is full of sprawling residential complexes, manor houses, both large and small, as well as historical towns and villages, featuring preserved architecture - as a rule rather modest but displaying distinctive local features. A typical and unique group consists of wooden Eastern rite churches, numerous in the eastern part of the voivodeship. The buffer-like situation of the titular lands between the east and the west increased requirements for defensive architecture; hence the emergence of as many as three fortresses: Zamosc, Brzesc and Deblin. In this fashion, and in association with the indubitable assets of the local natural environment, it is precisely cultural heritage which remains one of the voivodeship's prime assets on the map of Poland and Europe - an important offer for the researcher and the tourist. The growing popularity of the very idea of the regional protection of historical monuments appears to be most effective against the degradation of the cultural landscape and its unhighly undesirable unification, conceived as a pan-European phenomenon. One of the concepts of the preservation and cultivation of identity is the creation of culture parks. In 2005-2006 the Regional Centre for the Study and Documentation of Historical Monuments (ROBiDZ) in Lublin prepared studies for the needs of a spatial development plan for the voivodeship of Lublin, proposing a delimitation of the potential park boundaries. This three-volume publication, including maps, was devised upon the basis of an auteur research workshop and on-the-spot investigations. Culture parks appear to be a consecutive idea for protecting, and benefitting from, cultural heritage, but this time exclusively due to the initiative of the residents and the self-government authorities - a thoroughly novel approach which will certainly increase chances for success.
dr, absolwentka historii sztuki w Katolickim Uniwersytecie Lubelskim, w 2003 r. otrzymała tytuł doktora w dziedzinie architektury i urbanistyki na Wydziale Architektury Politechniki Warszawskiej. W dorobku ma liczne publikacje z zakresu popularyzacji zabytków i ochrony krajobrazu kulturowego, ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem problematyki ars militaris. Jest współautorką wydawnictw książkowych, m.in. Lublin. Przewodnik, Lublin 2000; Zamość – historyczny zespół miasta w zasięgu XIX w. obwarowań, (w:) Pomniki Historii, Warszawa 2004; Parafia ewangelicko-augsburska św. Trójcy w Lublinie. Historia – tradycja – współczesność, Lublin 2007. Obecnie pracuje w Regionalnym Ośrodku Badań i Dokumentacji Zabytków w Lublinie. Jest członkinią komisji PAN (Lublin), ICOMOS, SHS, TPF.
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