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  • Gmina Werbkowice

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The Werbkowice Communehas beautiful landscapes and varied countryside, as well as picturesque lanes and footpaths among the fields, ideal for hiking, cycling and horse riding. Tourist have free access to rivers and forests, ponds, historical and sacral architecture, archaeological sites and live traditions of the local community. There is a great diversity of attractions of educational, artistic, cultural and social, recreational and sports nature:

•Unspoilt natural environment, rare species of fauna and flora, places abundant with nature monuments, picturesque landscape of the River Huczwa

•Historical sacral objects (churches, former Orthodox churches, the Orthodox monastery in Turkowice, wayside shrines)

•Regional products (Old Polish Podhorce Pastry, Crystal Boil, Werbkowice lentil pancakes)

•A Vandal reconstruction group in Kotorów performing traditions and customs from 3rd and 4th centuries AD

•The “Iluzja” Conjuring Group that performs night shows (called fire shows) with the use of different kinds of poi, fans, cat claws, wings, staffs, levisticks and small pyrotechnic elements, day shows with the use of veil poi, falgs and training poi

•The Farmers’ Wives Associations. In the Werbkowice Commune there are 17 such associations registered. Women take active part in all get-togethers and cultural events. Their activity is conducted in their own local communities. The associations help organising the events organised by the Commune with great commitment, they represent the Commune successfully when presenting their own handicraft and culinary art during various exhibitions, fairs, kermises and festivals.

•Bands and folk groups, singing groups: the STAH Street Band, the Górzanki Folk Group, The Singing Group with the Folk Band from Honiatycze

•Gotania – the area of a supralocal tourist brand, created by 9 communes from 3 districts with the common denominator of cultural and historic heritage dating back between 2nd and 4th centuries AD, connected with Goths’ inheritance. The area is rich with archaeological discoveries, reconstructions od old settlement complexes and other tourist attractions, supporting the development of entrepreneurship tourism.

• The area of three dimensions: „Gotania – Grody Czerwieńskie – Grzęda Sokalska” (Gotania – the Czerwień Boroughs – the Sokalska Bed”) – ground-breaking and innovative on a scale of the Lublin Region marketing effort of 5 local government units that connects the attempt to integrate the tourist products which exist and which are planned to be promoted, basing on a recognisable tourist brand which is different from the own one, and usage of modern technologies in economic marketing on a mass scale.

Cultural heritage and tourist objects


Forms of tourism

Due to a great number of tourist attractions, there are several kinds of tourism pursued in the area, such as sightseeing, ecological, horse-riding, cycling and fishing tourism.

Natural tourist attractions:

Beautiful landscapes, unspoilt natural environment, rare species of fauna and flora, places abundant with nature monuments and picturesque landscape of the River Huczwa are the most significant natural values of the commune.

o             The palace gardens form the turn of the 18th and 19th century in Werbkowice

o             The gardens surrounding the Orthodox monastery from the 1st half of 20th century in Turkowice

o             Lake Humiczyzna, characterized by occurrence of rare, protected species of fauna in Wronowice

o             Nature monuments - little-leaf linden and sessile oak

o             The River Huczwa – the second biggest left-bank tributary of the River Bug. The infrastructure of the river is equipped with kayak landings, so that tourists may admire the beauty of nature while canoeing.

Anthropogenic tourist attractions (i.e. made by people):

Apart from unquestionable natural values, the Werbkowice Commune has also a number of fascinating elements of cultural landscape, including historical monuments demonstrating rich history of the area.

o             A former Greek Orthodox church from 2nd half of 19th century in Hostynne, currently St John the Baptist’s church (a catholic church)

o             A former Ignacy Lubowiecki’s tomb chapel from the year 1841 in Malice, erected in neo-gothic style, currently Holy Cross church (a catholic church)

o             A former Orthodox church from the year 1873 in Sahryń, currently St. Cyril and Methodius church (a catholic church)

o             A former wooden Orthodox church from the year 1779 of log frame structure in Terebiń, currently St. Peter and Paul’s church (a catholic church)

o             A former Makomaski’s family tomb chapel from the year 1870 in Turkowice, currently Immaculate Heart of Holy Mother of God’s church (a catholic church)

o             A former Greek Orthodox church from the year 1864 in Werbkowice, currently St. Michael the Archangel’s church (a catholic church)

o             A Slavic burgwall in Gozdów near the River Huczwa, a hill on which a manor was fortified in 16th century

o             A motor mill built of wood from 1st half of 20th century in Hostynne

o             A wooden belfry of post-and-frame construction from 18th century in Podhorce

o             An old Orthodox churchyard with 3 stone obelisks saved from 18th century in Peresołowice;

o             Remnants of an Orthodox cemetery from the beginning of 20th century in Terebiń

o             A military zone in the cemetery with a common grave of German and Russian soldiers killed in World War I in Terebiń

o             A complex of buildings of the former Orthodox monastery from 1st half of 20th century in Turkowice; the complex consists of the auditorium, (called ‘Aula’, at present a dormitory), the Orthodox monastery (at present an agricultural school), the ‘Czajnia’ pavilion (at present a monastic house), and the Abbott’s house (at present changed into private flats).

o             The palace complex from 1st half of 19th century in Werbkowice, consisting of a palace, a brick backhouse, a steward’s house, a gate with fence and a stable

o             An exhibition complex – a Vandal farmstead in the land of Goths – in Kotorów. The complex reconstructs the buildings from 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. The farmstead is an arena presenting events from the tempestuous period of encounters between Vandals and Goths. The exhibition complex consists of a cottage, a festive hut, a shed, a wooden tract with a bridge, a footbridge and a plaited fence. Women’s and men’s clothes, as well as the warrior’s costume with the necessary equipment may be found in the farmstead. The cottage is also furnished with wooden beds, a loom, furniture, wicker baskets, together with clay and wooden dishes and containers made of staves.

Sports and leisure facilities:

A perfect location of the facilities, far from noises, is favourable for the atmosphere of attention and concentration, and the rich leisure grounds enable one to have a good rest.

o             A sports stadium with 400 roofed seats in Werbkowice

o             A sports hall (with a volleyball court, a basketball court and a football pitch) with stands for about 200 people and facilities (sanitary facilities, a sauna, a fitness club and a gym) in Werbkowice

o             A complex of sports grounds called “Orlik”  (a football pitch and a multi-purpose sports field) in Werbkowice

o             Private horse studs

o             Full-featured playgrounds and outer gyms in localities of the commune: in Werbkowice, Podhorce, Sahryń, Malice and Kotorów

o             Kayak landings in Kotorów and Werbkowice

o             A red cycling route for tourists about 80 km long: Hrubieszów – Mieniany – Cichobórz – Kosmów – Kryłów – Małków – Mircze – Stara Wieś – Mołożów – Nabróż – Tyszowce – Czermno – Wronowice – Malice – Łysa Góra – Werbkowice – Wilków – Podhorce – Leopoldów – Nieledew – Obrowiec – Hrubieszów

Cultural sites:

Actions taken by cultural institutions are orientated on organising a number of cultural events and ventures. The institutions organise the inhabitants’ leisure time, encourage their integration and increase their engagement for the community. The cultural sites are as follows: the amphitheatre with the park, the Cultural Commune Centre and the Public Library in Werbkowice, generally accessible rural community centres and the Vandal Farmstead in Kotorów.

Tourist accomodation

Magnolia Hotel, 164 Gozdów, Werbkowice 22-550

„Pod Bocianim Gniazdem” Agro-tourism Farm, 25 Konopne, Werbkowice 22-550

Lodgings, Symeona Zinkiewicz 5 Buczyńskiego Street, Werbkowice 22-500

Private Lodgings, 29 Sikorskiego Street, Werbkowice 22-550

Anna Szewczuk, Wronowice, Turkowice 22-546

Agro-tourism, Danuta Bednarczuk, Kopernika Street, Werbkowice 22-550

„Mróweczka” Hostel, 9 Polna Street, Werbkowice 22-550

„Żabka” Turkowice Agro-tourism, 36 Turkowice, Werbkowice 22-550


Gastronomic base:

Nadhuczwianka, 6 Zamojska Street, Werbkowice 22-500

Magnolia Hotel, 164 Gozdów, Werbkowice 22-550

„Smakosz” Bar, Janina Górska, 1 Piłsudskiego Street, Werbkowice 22-550

„Karolina” Wedding House, 20 Zamojska Street, Werbkowice 22-500


Major business entities:

The number of business entities in the Werbkowice Commune fluctuates around 300.

o             Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa – Oddział Cukrownia Werbkowice (Poland’s National Sugar Company – the Werbkowice Sugar Plant Department) – the biggest in Poland and the seventh biggest producer of sugar in Europe.

o             Instytut Uprawy, Nawożenia i Gleboznawstwa - Rolniczy Zakład Doświadczalny Werbkowice (The Institute of Cultivation, Fertilization and Pedology - Agricultural Experimental Establishment in Werbkowice) conducts works including growing and fertilization of plants, examination of soil capability, recognition and protection of farming space and breeding of dairy cattle. The area used by the Institute covers 521 hectares.

o             "Elwerb" Zakłady Zbożowo-Młynarskie Sp. z o.o. („Elwerb” Grain Milling Company) – a company purchasing and selling cereals and producing wheat flour for bakeries and for retail.

o             Zakłady Zbożowo-Młynarskie w Werbkowicach s.c. (Grain Milling Company in Werbkowice) – a company purchasing and selling cereals and producing wheat flour for bakeries and for retail.

o             General and Road Building Enterprise

o             PHU Kot & W  - purchase and sale of recyclable materials, dismantling of vehicles facility

o             Cooperative Bank


The Ugniv town


The richness of resources, tourist objects and cultural heritage

Monuments of international significance:

- Holy Mary the Virgin’s Assumption church, built of bricks between 1642 and 1695, the register No. 492 0

The address: Ugniv 2A Adama Mickiewicza Street. It is a part of the National Historical and Cultural Reserve in the town of Bełz,

- Holy Mary He Virgin’s Birth Orthodox chuch, built of bricks in 19th century, with wooden belfry,

built in 1780 and is located in the courtyard of the Orthodox

- the synagogue and the building of the Jewish from the 19th century,

Architectural and town-planning mementos:

- a natural monument: an ash tree inUhnów,2A MickiewiczaStreet. Description:an ash tree about 400 yers old. When houses were built, an ash tree was planted by each of them.Ugniv was surrounded with marshes and swamps. An ash tree absorbs water from the soil, but it grows slowly. Everyone planted a few ash trees around their houses to protect them from humidity. This ash tree is special, as it said to have ‘swallowed’ another tree.Itisanaturalmonument, calledwiththenameofJanPawlikowski.


From the princely times, remnants of earth ramparts, surrounding the town as a ‘ring of defence’, have been preserved.

There are also fortificatond from the time of World War II. The town has two junkers, being the defensive buildings Datong back In the years of the Second World War, built in 1940. One of them is situated on the rampart, the other one lies next to the windmill, by the River.

In Ugniv, there is a youth football team ‘Arsenal – Uhnów dzieci’ (‘Arsenal – Ugniv – Children’)


Statistics of tourists’ arrivals to the town of Ugniv


310 people


473 people


585 people

Total number of tourists

1368 people

Most of tourists coming to Ugniv are from abroad, especially from Poland, who come for the festival ‘Uhnowska Brama’ (‘The Gate to Ugniv’). The town is also popular among the Hasids coming to visit the tomb of Tzaddik in the Jewish cemetery in Bełz.

Ugniv is a place of pilgrimages for Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Orthodox believers (every year the Polish from the nearby villages and towns come for Indulgence celebratons on St. Anthony’s day in Ugniv).

Every year in Ugniv, there is a Folklore Festival ‘Uhnowska Brama’ (‘The Gate to Ugniv’), promoting olish and Ukrainian cultures.

Ugniv is located quite far from the region’s capital, Lviv, Sokal Or Żółkiew, but the example of the Literature and Art Festival ‘Nasze amulety’ (‘Our Talismans’), taking place in a village called Michałówka, has shown that people are eager to come to a far-off place, far from city noise, be in a close contact with nature. They want to taste some home-made food, to breathe fresh air, to go to anearby forest, to bathe in the so far clean water of the River Sołokija, to go fishing; to visit the smallest town in Ukraine, to see its relics of the past, to have a rest for body and soul. This place is rich with talented and good people. 

Craft in Ugniv:

From time immemorial, Ugniv is considered to be a craft town. In this town, unique Ugniv clothes were sewn, leather were tanned, the famous Ugniv shoes were sewn, for which Ivan Franko used to come. Here, as well, linen ws woven, earthenware dishes and containers were made, and all those goods were on sale on the local market on Thursdays. Buyers and sellers came here from all neighbourhoods. Everything changed after World War II. In 1946 the Ukrainians were evicted from the town. What is more, in 1951 the Polish were evicted as well, and the inhabitants of surrounding villages and people from the Skol and Chyrów neighbourhoods were settled in the town. People who came to Ugniv took up shoemaking, tailoring, manufacturing furniture; they also baked the famous Ugniv bread, made dairy products, worked in the fields. These crafts are still alive today. Historical information about the traditional Ugniv costumes:

Traditional costumes constitute a part of historical heritage of our nation. This is a basis for creating various embroideries, laces and decorative linen. Traditional costume, language and traditions serve maintaining cultural identity. The Ukraininas preserved the traditional costume as a symbol which guided them through long-lasting hardships and oppressions.

The traditional Ukrainian costume has several characteristics: a small numer of components, plain tailoring, predominance of white colour, soft colours of accessories and lack of unnecessary ornamentation – maintaining the sense of moderation. These are the main features of the traditional Ukrainian costume, which make it superior to traditional costumes of other nations.

Throughout the ages, Ukrainian men and women have honoured the traditional costume, in a way, influencing the manner in which human social behaviour is formed. For this reason, creating the traditional costume was based upon morality and family traditions.

The traditional Ukrainian costume maintained its distinguishing characteristics and traditions that stood the test of time measured in centuries and retained up to present times.

“This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union within Joint Operational Programme Poland--Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Werbkowice Community and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.”