THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PARALLEL
PROCESSING AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS
Kazimierz Dolny, Poland
September 14 - 17, 1999
Kazimierz Dolny welcomes the visitors with an open panorama of the Vistula and with a few granaries which remember the times of vehement trade in corn which was rafted to Gdansk from here in the 17th and 18th centuries. One has to raise one's eyes high up to the usually blue sky - to see the oldest historical monuments of this city - stony walls of the Turret and the ruins of the Castle sunk in the green wave of vegetation.
Kazimierz Dolny is simply beautiful. The panorama of the city viewed from the Trzykrzyska Mountain can make one's head spin. Once on top the of the Plebania Mountain, above the 17th century church and monastery of the Order of the Reformati we shall see the architectural axis of the city formed by the monastery, the Market Square, the parish church, the Castle and the Turret. From the cloister hill we shall go down to Senatorska Street demarcated by rows of ancient houses, among which the most exquisite is the Celej House with is dazzling sculptures and rich ornamentation of the facade. Visiting Kazimierz Dolny makes it impossible to omit The Nadwislanskie Museum with its branches: the Museum of Nature and the Museum of Smithery, as well as the House of the Creative Work of Maria and Jerzy Kuncewicz, in neighborhood of the Journalists' House.
The old synagogue at Lubelska Street is a symbol of a centuries old settlement of Jews in town. In Czerniawy District, the area of Jewish cemetery, the monument paying tribute to the Jews of Kazimierz has been founded from the tombstones saved from the times of war.
For thirty years the city has been a host to the All-Poland Festival of Folk Groups and Singers accompanied by Folk Art Trade. At the and of June, for a few days and nights one can hear thrilling music on the Market Square and see thee streets tramped by colourful pageants of dancing groups while folk artists sell wooden figures of saints, pictures painted on glass, products of straw, clay and wicker.
Once we find ourselves on the local Market Square, it is hard to resist the growing anxiety to explore. One cannot decide whether to admire the architecture of the Renaissance apartment houses of the Przybyla family, to be ravished by shapes and colorus of an ingeniously designed Gothic - Renaissance parish church or simple to submerge into the familiar climate of the city. It is created by local community as well as by tourists, painters, and participants of various conferences and seminars often held in Kazimierz Dolny.