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What is the best way to learn the profession of an architect? In the field, because then you can see the whole context and feel the atmosphere of the place. That is why an international group of architecture students from the Vistula University went to Orla, a village in Podlasie with a very rich history. The visit was the result of arrangements between the mayor, Marek Chmielewski, and the rector of our university, professor Wawrzyniec Konarski.

The first archival records about the lands where Orla is located come from the 15th century. The present village was once a town and an important centre of the Radziwiłł family.

Today, it is difficult to find many signs of its former glory in Orla. The Radziwiłł residence fell into ruins, but a few gems of the old architecture have survived to this day: a Baroque synagogue, a Jewish cemetery, and a wooden Orthodox church. The market square set out in the 17th century remains the central point of the urban layout.

The result of the trip of architecture students to Orla is to create various concepts of the revitalization of the village to make it more attractive for residents and tourists. Students will develop their projects within the classes. It is possible that their works will be used, for example, in the development plans for the area around the Municipal Cultural Center or to display the recently discovered foundations of the former Radziwiłł residence.

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