Lublin, the ninth largest city in Poland, is the capital of Lubelskie Province. It is the largest Polish city east of the Vistula River, with a population of 350,000, and lies approximately 170 kilometres southeast of Warsaw.
Around the time of the Polish-Lithuanian Union of Krewo in 1385. Lublin thrived as a center of trade and commerce due to its strategic location on the route between Vilnus and Krakow.
The Lublin Parliament session of 1569 led to the creation of a union between the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, thus creating the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
In 1578 Lublin was chosen as the seat of the Crown Tribunal, the highest appeal court in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Until the partitions at the end of the 18th century, Lublin was a royal city of the Crown Kingdom of Poland. Its delegates and nobles had the right to participate in the Royal Election.
Over the centuries, Lublin has played host to a number of outstanding poets, writers and historians, and has become known as one of the country’s great seats of higher education.
Today, the city stands revitalized, with many of its architectural treasures restored to their former glory amid the bustle of commerce and culture.