(The Coat of Arms and flag of Zamosc.)
I was just checking out our site traffic reports and found something interesting:
Someone in the town of Zamosc, Poland is a regular SuperForest reader!
Wow! That's awesome.
I'd never before heard of Zamosc, so I did some searching, and here's what I've found...
The Old City at the center of Zamosc is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and is refered to as one of the "7 Wonders of Poland." (Would you like to see it? Click here.)
"Zamość was founded in the year 1580 by the Chancellor and Hetman (head of the army of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) Jan Zamoyski, on the trade route linking western and northern Europe with the Black Sea. Modelled on Italian trading cities, and built during the Baroque period by the architect Bernardo Morando, a native of Padua, Zamość remains a perfect example of a Renaissance town of the late 16th century, which retains its original layout and fortifications (Zamość Fortress), and a large number of buildings blending Italian and central European architectural traditions."
Zamosc is also the birthplace of famed French Resistance leader Joseph Epstein, who said this:
"All men and women are born, live, suffer, and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about...
We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, or the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death.
But within all this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: courageously or in cowardice, honorably or dishonorably, with purpose or adrift. We decide what is important and what is trivial in life. We decide that what makes us significant is either what we do or what we refuse to do.
But no matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decisions are ours to make.
We decide. We choose. And as we decide and choose, so are our lives formed. In the end, forming our own destiny is what ambition is about."
I hope we've all learned something new about the remarkable town of Zamosc, in southeast Poland.
From the members of Team SuperForest all over the world, and us here at SuperForest headquarters in NYC, we say: "Hello Zamosc! Thank you for reading SuperForest!"
What is life like in Zamosc? Is it cold there? What do you do for fun? Will you take some pictures of your town for us?
Write us back! superforestnyc(at)gmail(dot)com.
(Image via flickr user Raf K.)