Sanok County

Sanok County (Pol. powiat sanocki) is one of 21 land counties in Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Poland. The county covers an area of 698.4 km², its total population is 78,000 people, the population density is 112.7 p/km². Its administrative centre is Sanok. Sanok County was formed on January 1, 1999 as a result of an administrative reform.

The ranges of the Salt Mountains stretch across Sanok County. This massif geomorphologically belongs to the Sanok-Turczan Mountains. The ranges of the Salt Mountains extend in the direction from the north-west to the south-east. In the south mountain ranges border with Sanok Basin, in the west they are adjacent to the river valley of San, between the villages of Trepcza and Mrzygłód. In the north the Salt Mountains are separated from the Przemyśl Upland by Magura massif. In 1992 on this territory Słonne Mountains Landscape Park (Salt Mountains) was established. Over 900 species of flora grow here, fauna is represented by such animals as: brown bear, lynx, wild cat, wolf, bison, otter, deer, hawk, the three-toed woodpecker, orlik etc.

One of the most popular tourist sights here is the Museum of Folk Architecture, located in Sanok. On the territory of skansen, covering an area of 38 hectares, over 150 objects of wooden architecture are located. In particular, among the exhibits 'in the open air' there are Lemko, Boyko, Zasanie architectural displays. The Museum of Folk Architecture in Sanok is both the ethnographic park with its exhibits and a huge collection of scientific and cultural monuments of the cultural regions mentioned before. More than 31.000 exhibits of folk culture of the regions are stored in the warehouse of the skansen, in particular, bourgeois, sacred, those of the nobility and Judaica.

For those who enjoy active rest a ski lift 'Karlików' operates here, situated in the southern part of Sanok County, the village of Karlików. For adults there are two trails here (1200 m long each), for children the length of the slope is 150 m.

Worth seeing:

Sacred architecture and cemeteries

  • Jewish cemetery (XIXth century), Bukowsko
  • St. Nicholas church (1743), Nowotaniec
  • Greek Catholic church of St. Dimitri (1867), Sanok
  • St. Nicholas wooden church (1667), Sanok
  • Church of the Transfiguration (XIXth century), Sanok
  • Holy Trinity cathedral (1784-1789), Sanok
  • Franciscan monastery and church (XVIIth century), Sanok
  • Wooden church of the Transfiguration (1742, XIXth century), Czerteż

Fortifications and palaces

  • Zaleski house (1896-1910), Sanok
  • Ramerówka (XIXth century), Sanok
  • Sanok Royal castle (XIVth-XVth centuries), Sanok

Other sights of architecture and history

  • House of the city guard attached to the castle (XVIIIth century), Sanok
  • Building of 'Sokół' sport society (1900), Sanok
  • Mansionarski house (1750-1775), Sanok
  • Town Hall (XIXth century), Sanok

Protected areas

  • Słonne Mountains Landscape Park
  • Cisna-Wetlina Landscape Park


  • 'Lemko museum' by the Greek Catholic parish, Komańcza
  • Historical museum; Sanok, Zamkowa St. 2
  • Museum of Folk Architecture; Sanok, Traugutta St. 3