A typical Polish manor house called dworek, dating back to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The pictured house is one of the city's most precious buildings
Wawel Castle in Kraków
Camp of the Russian Imperial Army near Kielce during the January Uprising, 1863
Old Town in Lublin
Józef Piłsudski with the Polish Legions in Kielce, in front of the Governor's Palace, 1914
Mannerist architecture in Tarnów
Kielce Synagogue, built 1903-1909
The Lesser Poland Province of the Polish Crown in the widest sense – with Red Ruthenia, Podlachia, Podolia and Kiev
Building of the Kielce Jewish Committee and refugee centre on Planty Street
Palm Sunday in Lipnica Murowana.
Sienkiewicza Street, summer 2011
The 1507 Lesser Poland and Red Ruthenia Map (Polonia Minor, Russia) by Martin Waldseemüller
Palace of the Kraków Bishops in Kielce
Kazimierz Dolny on the right bank of the Vistula river.
Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce
Niepołomice
Map of the centre of Kielce
Pieniny National Park
Stefan Żeromski Theatre
Będzin Castle, which guarded the western border of Lesser Poland
Kielce History Museum
Kozłówka Palace
Sports hall in Kielce
Palatial residence in Kurozwęki
Football stadium in Kielce
Pieskowa Skała
Kielce Business Center - the headquarters of Exbud-Skanska, a symbol of modern Kielce
Members of the regional Folk Group of Wilamowice "Cepelia Fil Wilamowice"
Stanisław Staszic monument
Lachy Sądeckie are a group of ethnic Poles who live in southern Lesser Poland
St. Adalbert Church dating back to 10th century
Broad Gauge Metallurgy Line
Exaltation of the Holy Cross church
Czarny Staw (Black Pond) in the High Tatras
Sienkiewicza Street (Old Market)
Nowy Wiśnicz
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Baranów Sandomierski
Market Square at night
Vistula in Sandomierz
Square of the Blessed Virgin Mary
"Peasant war" by Jan Lewicki (1795–1871)
Kielce Fair
Galizien
The Monument of The Legion Four
In the 19th century, Kraków's Jagiellonian University was a major center of Polish science and culture
City Park
Gorals from Beskidy
Holy Trinity Church, built 1640–1644
Castle of Bobolice
Karczówka Monastery, built 1624–1631
Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Garrison Church, built 1902–1904
Pope John Paul II was born in Wadowice, Lesser Poland, in 1920
Statue of Miles Davis in Kielce
Soldiers of Holy Cross Mountains Brigade in parade 1945
A fire engine made by FSC Star in Lesser Poland's Starachowice
Boundary between Lesser Poland and Upper Silesia (red line) on the territory of current Silesian Voivodeship
Kraków is the capital of Lesser Poland
Lublin, the second-largest city of Lesser Poland
Częstochowa, the third-largest city of Lesser Poland
Radom, the fourth-largest city of Lesser Poland
Sosnowiec, the fifth-largest city of Lesser Poland
Folklore group in Podhale costume, Bukowina Tatrzańska, Lesser Poland, 2016
Polish flat soda bread (known as Proziaki in podkarpacie)
KS Cracovia on Independence Day 2019
A map of Polish dialects. The area where Lesser Poland's dialect is spoken is marked in orange.

The city is in the middle of the Świętokrzyskie Mountains (Holy Cross Mountains), on the banks of the Silnica River, in the northern part of the historical Polish province of Lesser Poland.

- Kielce

As a result of this long-lasting division, many inhabitants of the northern part of Lesser Poland (including those in such cities as Lublin, Radom, Kielce and Częstochowa) do not recognize their Lesser Polish identity.

- Lesser Poland

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Sandomierz Voivodeship in
the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1635.

Sandomierz Voivodeship

Unit of administration and local government in Poland from the 14th century to the partitions of Poland in 1772–1795.

Unit of administration and local government in Poland from the 14th century to the partitions of Poland in 1772–1795.

Sandomierz Voivodeship in
the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1635.
Sandomierz Voivodeship in
the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1635.

It was part of the Lesser Poland region.

It included such cities and towns of contemporary Poland, as Dębica, Dęblin, Iłża, Kielce, Kolbuszowa, Końskie, Kozienice, Lipsko, Mielec, Nisko, Opoczno, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Pińczów, Pionki, Radom, Ropczyce, Ryki, Stalowa Wola, Starachowice, Staszów, Szydłowiec, Tarnów, Tarnobrzeg and Włoszczowa.

The occupation of the Commonwealth by Sweden, Russia, Brandenburg and Khmelnytsky's Cossacks

Deluge (history)

Series of mid-17th-century campaigns in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Series of mid-17th-century campaigns in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The occupation of the Commonwealth by Sweden, Russia, Brandenburg and Khmelnytsky's Cossacks
Nineteenth-century reimagining of the 1655 Siege of Jasna Góra.
Swedish Siege of Kraków in 1655
The Vow of John Casimir by Jan Matejko (1838–1893) shows the Polish king in Lwów in 1655, pledging to drive out the Swedes.
Battle of Warsaw in 1656
Transylvanian–Swedish Siege of Brest in 1657, painted by E. Dahlbergh
Siege of Toruń in 1658
Charles X Gustav in skirmish with Tatars at the battle of Warsaw, July 29, 1656. Johan Philip Lemke, oil on canvas, 1684.

With the three most populated and best developed Polish provinces in his hands (Greater Poland, Lesser Poland and Mazovia), Charles Gustav decided to head back northwards to Royal Prussia, which was defended by the Voivode of Malbork, Jakub Wejher.

castles and churches, which were robbed and destroyed, as were almost all Polish towns; the most notable examples are Golub-Dobrzyń, Krzyżtopór, Wieluń, Krasnystaw, Wawel, Tęczyn, Lanckorona, Pieskowa Skała, Kielce, Sandomierz, Chęciny Niepołomice, Ojców, Wiśnicz, Łobzów, Kruszwica, Rabsztyn.

Saint Wenceslaus church, the city's oldest church

Radom

City in east-central Poland, located approximately 100 km south of the capital, Warsaw.

City in east-central Poland, located approximately 100 km south of the capital, Warsaw.

Saint Wenceslaus church, the city's oldest church
Saint John the Baptist church, founded by King Casimir III the Great in the 14th century
Plaque at the Radom Castle commemorating the adoption of the Nihil novi act in Radom in 1505
Piarist College in the 19th century
City map from 1919
Former seat of the Gestapo and NKVD during the occupation
Monument and cemetery in Firlej where the Germans murdered around 15,000 Poles and Jews
Radom in the 1970s
Radom Cathedral
Building of the former Land Credit Society
Jacek Malczewski Museum and Polish Legions monument
Polish Basketball League match between Rosa Radom and Trefl Sopot in Radom in 2014
Transport in Radom
Radom University
Public Library
Headquarters of Polish Armaments Group
MSBS rifle from Łucznik Arms Factory
Courthouse
Jan Kochanowski monument
Jacek Malczewski monument
Leszek Kołakowski monument
Radom Airport
Bus Solaris Urbino 12
Main railway station
Biking in Radom

Despite being part of the Masovian Voivodeship, the city historically belongs to Lesser Poland.

Radom is an important railroad junction, where two lines meet: east–west connection from Lublin to Łódź, and north–south from Warsaw to Kielce, and Kraków.

Tarnów

City in southeastern Poland with 107,498 inhabitants and a metropolitan area population of 269,000 inhabitants.

City in southeastern Poland with 107,498 inhabitants and a metropolitan area population of 269,000 inhabitants.

Polish Gothic-styled Cathedral of the Nativity located in the Old Town district
Casimir the Great Square
Tarnów Cathedral preserved one of the most extraordinary examples of renaissance and mannerist tomb monuments in the country.
Market Square in Tarnów in 1800, painting by Zygmunt Vogel
Tomb of General Józef Bem, national hero of Poland, Hungary and the former Ottoman Empire
First transport of Polish captives deported from Tarnów to Auschwitz concentration camp during German AB-Aktion in Poland, June 1940
Ludwik Solski Theatre
Jewish men humiliated and tortured by German policemen
Existing remains of the old synagogue
Grupa Azoty headquarters in Tarnów's industrial district Mościce
Railway station in Tarnów (1906) was registered as historical monument of Art Nouveau (1975).
Railway station in Tarnów Mościce (1976) was registered as historical monument of modern architecture (2021).
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Market Square with historic and colourful tenements
PWSZT College in Tarnów
Unia Tarnów speedway team in 2007
Gothic Revival Church of the Holy Family
Józef Bem
Józef Cyrankiewicz
Michał Heller
Jan Amor Tarnowski

The settlement was probably destroyed in the 1030s or the 1050s, during either a popular rebellion against Christianity (see Baptism of Poland), or Czech invasion of Lesser Poland.

It lies at the intersection of two major roads – the motorway along European route E40, and the National Road No. 73, which goes from Kielce to Jasło.

Chęciny

Town in Kielce County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, southern Poland, with 4,361 inhabitants as of December 2021.

Town in Kielce County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, southern Poland, with 4,361 inhabitants as of December 2021.

Panorama of town
Chęciny seen from the castle
View at Chęciny
One of three castle towers

At that time was one of major urban centers of northern Lesser Poland.

The distance to Kielce is 15 km. The town lies among the hills of western Świętokrzyskie Mountains, and is an important center of building materials, where the so-called Chęciny Marble is excavated.

Włoszczowa

Train station
Church of the Assumption
Partyzantów Street
Pendolino at the Włoszczowa - North train station

Włoszczowa is a town in southern Poland, in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, about 50 km west of Kielce.

Włoszczowa lies in historic Lesser Poland, and from its foundation until 1795 (see Partitions of Poland), it belonged to Sandomierz Voivodeship.

Staszów

Staszów coat of arms
Cenotaph in memory of Staszów's Jewish saints, killed in The Holocaust, in Holon city's cemetery in Israel
Panorama of Staszów

Staszów is a town in southeastern Poland, in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship (historic province of Lesser Poland), about 54 km southeast of Kielce, and 120 km northeast of Kraków.

Częstochowa

City in southern Poland on the Warta River with 217,530 inhabitants, making it the thirteenth-largest city in Poland.

City in southern Poland on the Warta River with 217,530 inhabitants, making it the thirteenth-largest city in Poland.

Fortifications of the Jasna Góra Monastery
The Black Madonna of Częstochowa
Kazimierz Pulaski and the Bar Confederation 1772 defence of Częstochowa. Painting by Chełmoński.
Interior of basilica, Jasna Góra Monastery
Polish insurgents in Częstochowa during the January Uprising
Częstochowa in the early 20th century
Match factory modernized in the 1920s, now a museum
German troops in Częstochowa during the invasion of Poland
Monument dedicated to the fallen defenders of Poland in the Polish–Soviet War and World War II
Celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the baptism of Poland with the participation of Primate of Poland Stefan Wyszyński in 1966
Huta Częstochowa steelworks
Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family
Franke's House
Zapałkiewicz House
Polish Bank's Townhouse
Old houses at Ulica 7 Kamienic
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Philharmonic of Częstochowa
Adam Mickiewicz Theatre
Jan Długosz University
CKM Włókniarz Częstochowa stadium
Sports Hall Częstochowa
Miejski Stadion Piłkarski "Raków", home venue of Raków Częstochowa
Municipal office
Map of Częstochowa's neighborhoods
Jakub Błaszczykowski
Jerzy Kulej
Maryi Panny Avenue
View on the Avenues
3rd Avenue during the night
Staszic Park
Sienkiewicz Avenue
National Road {{Jct|country=POL|DK|1}} in Częstochowa
Częstochowa, Częstochowa Osobowa (Główna) Railway S tation
Twist tram in Częstochowa
Konstal 105Na trams on Niepodległości (Independence) Avenue
Town Hall and Częstochowa Regional Museum
Halina Poświatowska Museum
Archaeological Reserve in Częstochowa
Iron Ore Mining Museum
Museum of Match Production
Regional Specialist Hospital - Parkitka, Nowobialska Street
City Polyclinical Hospital - Mirowska Street
Regional Specialist Hospital - PCK Street
City Polyclinical Hospital - Mickiewicz Street
St Barbara and St Andrew Church
St Sigismund Church
St Roch and Sebastian Church
St Jacob's Church
Katedra Polskokatolicka
Cerkiew Ikony

However, Częstochowa is historically part of the Lesser Poland region, not of Silesia, and before 1795, it belonged to the Kraków Voivodeship.

In 1902, rail connection to the Prussian border crossing at Herby Stare was opened, and in 1911, the line to Kielce was completed.

Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship

One of the 16 voivodeships (provinces) into which Poland is divided.

One of the 16 voivodeships (provinces) into which Poland is divided.

Kielce is the capital of the voivodeship
Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski is the second most populous city
Sandomierz is one of the main tourist destinations in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship
Kurozwęki Palace
Świętokrzyski National Park

It is situated in southeastern Poland, in the historical region of Lesser Poland, and takes its name from the Świętokrzyskie (Holy Cross) mountain range.

Its capital and largest city is Kielce.

Raków, Kielce County

Village in Kielce County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, in south-central Poland.

Village in Kielce County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, in south-central Poland.

It lies in historic Lesser Poland, approximately 39 km south-east of the regional capital Kielce.