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- Landscape of Suwałki

- In the Wigry region
- Suwałki landscape

- The Biebrza valley
- Augustów Primeval

- The Augustów Canal
- Romincka Primeval

- Rivers of Suwałki

- Suwałki
- Augustów
- Sejny
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- Sacral architecture
- Historical towns
- Villages, hamlets and

- Lithuanian culture
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- Holidays in Suwałki

- One day in Lithuania

Sejny Region, with its landscape full of hills, fields, forests, numerous rivers and lakes, not heavily populated, is hardly known to tourists. The county seat is Sejny, a little borderland town through which the road to Ogrodniki border crossing with Lithuania runs. Photo: E. PrzytułaThe town got its name after the Sejna River (at present the Marycha River). It was founded in 1602 by the owner of the neighbouring lands, Jerzy Grodziński. As he had no heir, a few years later he bequeathed his property to the Dominicans from Vilnius. They eagerly began to manage their new possessions: the town, granges, a few villages and large stretches of forests. In 1610 they set about building a brick monastery with a splendid church. Nowadays, it is the most valuable monument of sacral architecture in Suwałki Region. Sejny had been developing steadily till the Swedish invasion. Later it declined to finally revive in the first half of the 18th century, thanks to economical, educational and charitable work of the Dominicans. When in 1795 Sejny Region came under Prussian rule, monastic possessions were confiscated and the monks themselves removed from Sejny. However, the town was constantly developing. It had been the county seat and till 1925- the capital of the Augustów diocese. The old synagogue / Photo: E. PrzytułaThe pride of the town was its grammar schools which have educated a lot of eminent citizens. After 1815, Sejny Region constituted part of the Kingdom of Poland. The Muscovite authorities destroyed Sejny education. As the town was no longer situated within a close distance from the main road or railway, it was declining. Yet, in the middle of the 19th century Sejny was an important center of Lithuanian national revival. A lot of wise Lithuanians used to live here, with bishop Antoni Baranowski at the head. Even today quite a few Lithuanians live in Sejny. Sejny preserved its historical spatial arrangement with a long marketplace, where next to old buildings there are a few monuments commemorating important events in the town's history.

Sejny - info

In Sejny there are 6000 inhabitants, a large part of whom are Lithuanians. This small town is situated on a transit route from Poland to Lithuania, 12 km from the Ogrodniki border crossing. It is a good place for these tourists who want to explore Sejny Region. Through the town there runs the marked red tourist trail with the most interesting parts of Sejny Region. The blue trail leading to Lake Wigry also begins here.
Bus service operates among Sejny and all bigger towns of this subregion.

Important addresses and telephone numbers

Passport Office, 1 Maja 1 516 20 60
Coach station 516 21 78
The Republic of Lithuania Consulate, 22 Lipca 9 516 22 73
Post office, J. Piłsudskiego 24 516 20 24
Ambulance service, E. Rittera 2 999
Police station, 1 Maja 17 516 20 63
Border Guard, Ogrodniki 516 22 62
Hospital, E. Rittera 2 516 21 26
Customs Office, Ogrodniki (the border crossing) 516 24 76
Town Council, J. Piłsudskiego 25 516 20 73

Accommodation and catering facilities

Hotel "Skarpa", J. Piłsudskiego 13, (restaurant, gym, car park) 516 20 65
Hotel "Gospoda", at Ogrodniki border crossing (accommodation, bar) 517 20 65
Hotel in Dom Litewski, 22 Lipca 9 516 29 08 Inn
"Drewutnia", Hołny Majera 517 20 86
Café "Pod Gruszą", A. Zawadzkiego 10 516 24 27
"Club Nora III" - café, J. Piłsudskiego 28 516 24 79
Education and Training Center of Białystok Institute of Technology, Hołny Mejera, (watering place, campsite, water equipment rental) 516 20 40
School Youth Hostel, Grammar School, Łąkowa 1, (open only during holidays) 516 21 67

Tourist information

The Society For Sejny and Sejny Region Development "Ziemia Sejneńska", Wojska Polskiego 60 B, (room reservation, accommodation, organizing trips), tel./fax 516 34 00
SIRT, Suwałki, T. Kościuszki 45, tel./fax 566 54 94

The Lithuanian House, 22 Lipca 9 516 29 08
The Lithuanian Society And Culture Association, 22 Lipca 9 516 21 25
Municipal Center of Culture, 1 Maja 17 516 22 00 Town-Commune Public Library, J. Piłsudskiego 7 516 03 21
The Center "Pogranicze" - "arts - cultures - nations", J. Piłsudskiego 28 516 27 65
The Society of Lithuanians in Poland, 22 Lipca 9 516 21 25
Bank PKO, A. Zawadzkiego 19, (also other banks and numerous money exchange offices) 516 25 72
Filling stations:
- S. Konarskiego 18 516 21 23
- J. Marchlewskiego 15, (open 24 hrs., bar) 516 25 63
Car service stations:
- Szkolna 7,(24 hrs.) 516 23 47
- A. Głowackiego 2 516 27 77
- A. Mickiewicza 12 516 23 24 Taxi:
- Parkowa 516 21 78

Hiking and biking trails

1. Red trail (partly across Sejny Region):Giby - Berżniki - Sejny - Smolany - Puńsk - Becejły (73 km).
2. Blue trail: Sejny - Giby - Karolin - Maćkowa Ruda - Mikołajów (34,9 km).
3. Black trail: Aleksiejówka (Giby hamlet) - Zelwa (12 km).
4. Black trail: from the red trail in Sztabinki through Krasnogruda, Dusznica to the border crossing in Ogrodniki (9,4 km).

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