Common activity: exhibition of images of our local communities
Faces of Pulawy, Poland
1. ZAKLADY AZOTOWE “PULAWY” S.A. - one of the largest producers of nitrogen fertilizers in Poland and abroad

The dynamic development of the town Pulawy has begun in 1966 after building Zaklady Azotowe “Pulawy” S.A. - one of the largest producers of nitrogen fertilizers in Poland and abroad. Zaklady Azotowe “Pulawy” S.A. has been the leader of the Polish fertilizers sector for over forty years. The location of the company in the Central Europe and precisely in the middle east part of Poland has facilitated success of the company both in the demanding market of the European Union and the dynamically developing eastern markets. The company products are also constantly present in the American market. According to recent ratings the company is one of the Polish twenty biggest exporters, almost half of its production is exported. In “PULAWY” special attention is also given to the environment protection. The company was awarded “Responsible Care” certificate and the title of “Patron of Polish Ecology”. Numerous certificates and awards prove the highest quality of products and at the same time they create an image of the company which harmoniously coexists with the environment.

2. THE TEMPLE OF SYBIL- the first national museum in Poland
The Temple of Sibyl designed by Polish architect Chrystian Piotr Aigner was opened in 1801. The building has been a "temple" of patriotism, serving as a national museum - first in Poland and one of the first in Europe. Over the entrance door that leads to the inside of the museum, there in an inscription chosen by princess Izabela Czartoryski: “The Past for the Future’. According to the wish of its founder who wanted the Past to speak to the future generations, the Temple of Sybil was recently opened up for tourists.
Polish people cling to their traditions and they are sentimental about the past. Our school is the oldest in Pulawy and its students are obliged to wear school uniforms with a school emblem in the front. School uniforms were traditionally worn before and after the war and some years later the obligation was abolished. Nowadays we have brought the tradition back and you can see our pupils wearing the uniforms during school lessons.
The Roman Catholic Church continues to hold a very strong position in Poland. According to official data, more than 35 million people, or about 95% of the population are Catholics. It plays an important role in the political and social life of the country. The Church remains an important social institution, especially in the rural areas and in small towns, where many parish cultural and sport organizations function. Churchgoing is an inseparable part of the religion for many Polish people so a great number of Polish families attend a holy mass every Sunday. Religion constitutes a vital part of Czartoryski school life.
The modernisation programme for Polish agriculture has been implemented and its results are noticeable. It is difficult to answer the question whether “agricultural Poland” finds its place in agricultural Europe. Undoubtedly, a certain, if rather limited, number of farmers have already found their place. These are well-educated owners of large and economically strong agricultural holdings, open to progress in agriculture and making reasonable investment in their farms. The number of farmers who share the same approach, but whose farms have lower economic potential, is much greater. Some of them may join the first group, if they skilfully utilise own, rather modest resources supplemented with the structural funds of the European Union. Unquestionably, modernisation and restructuring of agriculture have been facilitated in comparison with the pre-accession period.
6. JOHN PAUL II BRIDGE - the largest in Poland and the largest third arch bridge in Europe
After the political changes in Poland in 1990, Pulawy’s management was taken over by democratically elected Local Government. The local government of Pulawy has acquired vast experience in obtaining external funds which are used to revitalise, modernise and develop the town’s modern infrastructure.
John Paul II Bridge is one of the numerous investments implemented between 2006-2010. It is the largest in Poland and the largest third arch bridge in Europe. Its length is 1032,8m., its width is 22 m, including two roadways each 7 m wide , divided by a 2,5 meter lane. The whole investment aims to create an important national and international road route.
Pulawy’s stadium has been reconstructed and modernized recently with the aim of offering its facilities for the UEFA European Football Championship EURO 2012. It also represents the inhabitants’ attitude to sports and healthy lifestyle.
In 1970s and 1980s most blocks of flats were built using plattenbau. It was not easy to get a flat so there were “waiting lists” and long queues if someone wanted to have a place to live. Families pooled savings and worked overtime to generate the deposits required to secure the new apartments in the grey, bland blocks. Waiting lists were massive and, demand outstripped supply. People from all walks of life used to live in such buildings. Doctors and lawyers lived alongside factory workers and nurses in unprecedented equality. There is still a vast number of “communist era” blocks and although the newly built apartaments are gaining popularity not everyone can afford to buy one.
Nowadays many people are not eager to live in blocks of flats any longer. They prefer to move out from the city centre to some more peaceful areas especially in the suburbs. New houses are being built, the modern architecture aims at spacious and comfortable estates, usually with well maintained gardens.
The picture presents the old bed of the Vistula river- a place which Pulawy inhabitants visit if they want to have some peace and quiet and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of nature.