Alex Webber travels to the delightful little town of Sandomierz where he finds Widnokrąg, a place of art, culture, grace and hospitality, the very essence of the town itself.
An oil painting lost during World War Two and restored nearly 80 years later, owing to a huge collective effort by the museum's staff and the Polish Culture Ministry, has returned to the National Museum in Wrocław, western Poland.
The modest size of Sandomierz makes it extremely digestible, and having ticked off the Rynek its natural to find yourself ambling to a castle which, after the correct amount of hallucinogens, could easily be mistaken for a miniature Wawel.
The renaissance pearl that is the Old Town remains as striking and fresh as the day it was finished: a place of colonnaded passageways and shaded, leafy courtyards, it all leads to a mesmerizing square that stops you in your tracks.
The Italian historian Valentina Lepri from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) has received a Consolidator Grant worth EUR 1.7 mln from the European Research Council (ERC), PAN said in an official statement.
The designs painted in a polychrome technique of patterned curtains and forest motifs were found at the magical 13th century Książ Castle.