a great country
a great country
Poland’s countryside, seaside to the north, and mountains to the south provide visitors with a variety of landscapes to relax in. Resorts in the south attract skiers and hikers, while those who want to trawl the beach for amber will have to head to the coast. In between, forests hide flora and fauna and outcroppings and lakesides reveal manor houses or castles.
MEET MOONS OF POLAND
Poland’s boundaries have been in constant flux throughout its history. Lithuania, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia have all be a part of Poland at one time—or Poland has been a part of them. With so many influences, the visitor can expect variety in Polish architecture, customs, and culture. However, throughout its tumultuous history, Poland has maintained a unique identity through its staunchly Roman Catholic background and its proud heritage.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed as site of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. There are fourteen Natural World Heritage Sites in Poland and 13 Cultural.
Poles have won a total of 17 Nobel Prizes (more than Japan, China, India, or Australia), including four Peace Prizes and five in Literature.
There are roughly 20 million people of Polish ancestry living outside Poland, making the Polish diaspora one of the largest in the world, as well as one of the most widely dispersed.
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Amo a Polonia, es la tierra de mi amado Chopin. Se cuanto sufrió su pueblo bajo distintas ocupaciones, por eso mi amor y mi admiración.
'Lovely, there's so much more to Poland than Kraków. I'm going to be busy next year and for a few years after that'.
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When visiting Poland it is important to know some of the ancient Polish ways. It is a country with a lot of history and culture where traditional customs are highly appreciated.
‘Poland is an example par excellence of the imagined community and of the ability of nationalism to shape the world. Poland exists because individuals voluntarily fought for a free and united Poland. History is one of the themes used to create a commonality and a feeling of pride. Poles consider themselves to be members of a community’.
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Polish culture has its roots in history, but it continues to develop, incorporating old tradition with modern sensibilities. If you're interested in the culture of Poland, whether because you're traveling to Poland, getting in touch with your Polish roots, or simply satisfying your curiosity, what you discover will surprise and delight you.
photo: Fot. Mariusz Cieszewski / Polish Foreign Ministry
Poland, a nation at the crossroads of East and West, has evolved over its history into a unique and distinctive culture. Polish nationality has maintained its unity and strength through art rather than politics, since the country was twice erased from the map of Europe. Many authors and artists in exile were steadfast in keeping the country alive through their works. After the 1918 reunification, nationalist cultural movements gave way to the avant-garde. Often, artistic expression was then plunged deep into one of history’s darkest moments.
The Christian rituals of feasting and fasting, introduced to Poland in 10th Century, have had a strong influence on Polish food traditions. During the fasts no meat is eaten, so many meatless and fish dishes have become a part of Polish cookery.
Located between powerful neighbours, Poland formed many alliances throughout its history. These influenced its food customs.However, all these foreign dishes have become part of a unique Polish cooking style.
Traditions and festives
Polish traditions through the year include holidays, customs, superstitions, rituals, and celebrations. Some are firmly rooted in the the national religion, Catholicism; others stem from pagan rites of seasons. In many cases, visitors to Poland can participate or learn more about these traditions. Seasonal markets and holiday fairs expose travelers to Polish culture and hospitality, restaurants serve up Polish cuisine, and souvenir shops maintain a steady stock of folk crafts and handmade art.
Kolednicy, artwork/photo by Monica Blatton, flickr.com
Poland has had a long and rich history. Over the past thousand years the country has defended its freedom and sovereignty. Poland’s history dates back to prehistory times when Slavic tribes arrived on this territory and settled down. The first documented ruler was Mieszko I. In 966 duke Mieszko I converted to Christianity and by baptism brought Poland to the community of Western nations. In 1000, during the Congress of Gniezno, Poland was recognised as a state by the Holy Roman Empire and the Pope. In 1025, Duke Boleslaus I the Brave was crowned King, marking the starting date for a Polish Kingdom.
‘This small book is like having quick reference about Poland in a pocket from a native young Pole, who tells the story of the country in a fabulous manner. Amazing allegory, humour, lightness of sentences and helpful insight from the author reads very well. I recommend the book simply for its quality. Well done!’
– Lela Tssave; OSCE/ODIHR Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Experience Nature & Wildlife
Jerzy Rajecki – Podlaskie Klimaty
erzy Rajecki – 52 years old, a resident of Białystok, born in Hajnówka. He became interested in photography going with his colleagues to so-called Borderlands – to Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia. In 2009, he started photographing Podlasie and has been still doing, wishing to record what passes away and what is permanently inscribed in the Podlasie cultural and sight landscape. This is his beloved land where he was born, where he grew up in diversity, multiculturalism, mutual tolerance and natural acceptance for different religions, languages and cultures. Peace and quiet and even some metaphysical melancholy are inscribed in the landscape of Podlasie and this is a great advantage nowadays. Everyone who comes here says that the time seems to slow down.