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    The rich history of the region is present not only in numerous monuments of the past, but also in the folk traditions that are still alive. Here you can find picturesque old wooden constructions like churches, mountain huts, and big urban centers, the biggest of them in Lanckorona--an original example of local 19th century architecture. There are also numerous castles which survived, for example, in Bielsko-Biala, Sucha Beskidzka, Zator, and Zywiec.

    The Bielsko-Biala voivodeship is among the regions where folk culture, both material and spiritual, is still alive. These traditions are visible mainly in buildings, sculpture, paintings, music, dances, and regional costumes. A very popular craft here is the unique art of lace-making. Laces from the village of Koniakow are famous not only in Poland but also in many distant countries.

    A real festival of Polish and foreign folk culture is the Week of the Beskidian Culture. Every two years Bielsko-Biala hosts the International Puppet Theatre Festival.