Great Personalities

  • Fryderyk Chopin
  • John Paul II
  • Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Lech Wałęsa
  • Władysław Reymont
  • Maria Curie Skłodowska
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John Paul II

(1920-2005)

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one of the greatest man in the history of 20th century. Karol Wojtyla was born in small town Wadowice and became Pope John Paul II in 1978. John Paul’s influence was felt far beyond the Vatican. In 1979, his first visit to his homeland as Pope was a major catalyst for the collapse of communism in Poland. The visit was a harbinger of events that would bring down communist regimes across the Soviet Bloc. John Paul II was the most traveled pope in history, visiting more than 120 countries during his 26-year papacy, nearly

HENRYK SIENKIEWICZ

(1846-1916)

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Nobel Prize Winner in Literature for his outstanding Qvo Vadis. His early works are satirical sketches, betraying a strong social conscience. He made a trip to America in 1876 and travelled as far as California. His travels provided him with material for several works, among them the brilliant short story Latarnik (1882) [The Lighthouse Keeper]. After his return to Poland, Sienkiewicz devoted himself to historical studies, the result of which was his great trilogy about Poland in the midseventeenth century.

LECH WAŁĘSA

(1943 - )

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the Noble Peace Prize Winner in 1982 was born in Popowo, Poland. After graduating from vocational school, he worked as a car mechanic at a machine center from 1961 to 1965. In 1967 was employed in the Gdansk shipyards as an electrician. In 1978 with other activists he began to organize free non-communist trade unions and took part in many actions on the sea coast. He was kept under surveillance by the state security service and frequently detained. In December 1990

WŁADYSŁAW REYMONT

(1868-1925)

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Nobel Prize Winner in Literature in 1924 for his major work “The Peasants”. Born in the village of Kobielo Wielkie in that part of Poland which was under Russian rule. He produced feverishly short stories, poems, dramas and novels without end. Like Maxim Gorky, Reymont relied on experience, and used his adventures as raw material for his fiction. Between the years 1884 and 1894 he kept diary, which helped him in his literary apprenticeship. In 1902 Reymont moved to Paris, where he finished his major work, The Peasants

MARIA CURIE SKŁODOWSKA

(1868-1934)

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Nobel Prize Winner in Phisics in 1903 and Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry in 1911 together with her husband, she was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, for their study into the spontaneous radiation discovered by Becquerel, who was awarded the other half of the Prize. In 1911 she received a second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry, in recognition of her work in radioactivity. Born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. She met Pierre Curie, Professor in the School of Physics in 1894 and in the following year they were married. The discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel in 1896 inspired the Curies in their brilliant researches and analyses which led to the isolation of polonium, named

CZESŁAW MIŁOSZ

(1911-2004)

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a Nobel Prize Winner in Literature in 1980. Born in Seteiniai, Lithuania. Most of the war time he spent in Warsaw working there for the underground presses. In the diplomatic service of the People’s Poland since 1945, he broke with the government in 1951 and settled in France where he wrote several books in prose. In 1953 he received Prix Littéraire Européen. In 1960, invited by the University of California, he moved to Berkeley where he has been, since 1961, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

(1810-1849)

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the great composer and pianist, was born in Zelazowa Wola. The musical talent of Fryderyk became apparent extremely early on, and it was compared with the childhood genius of Mozart. The majority of his most outstanding and profound works were composed in Nohant . He died of pulmonary tuberculosis in his Parisian flat in the Place Vendôme. He was buried in the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. In accordance with his will, however, his heart, taken from his body after death, was brought by his sister to Warsaw where it was placed in an urn installed in a pillar of the Holy Cross church .

WISŁAWA SZYMBORSKA

(1923 - 2012)

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Nobel Prize Winner in Literature in 1996. Born in Kornik in Western Poland on 2 July 1923. Since 1931 she has been living in Cracow, where during 1945- 1948 she studied Polish Literature and Sociology at the Jagiellonian University. Szymborska made her début in March 1945 with a poem “Szukam slowa” (I am Looking for a Word) in the daily “Dziennik Polski”. Szymborska has published 16 collections of poetry and has also translated French poetry. Wislawa Szymborska is the Goethe Prize winner (1991) and Herder Prize winner (1995)

UNESCO Treasures

UNESCO Treasures

  • Old Town in Warsaw
  • Old Town&Kazimierz District in Krakow
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Białowieża National Park
  • The Centenary Hall in Wroclaw
  • Old Town in Torun
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OLD TOWN IN WARSAW

OLD TOWN IN WARSAW

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Completely destroyed during the WWII and carefully reconstructed afterwards. Every authentic architectural fragment found among the ruins was incorporated in the restoration. UNESCO’s decision to include Warsaw’s Old Town on the list of cultural treasures of the world heritage is proof of its value and recognition of the work done by Polish restorers.

OLD TOWN & KAZIMIERZ DISTRICT IN CRACOW

OLD TOWN & KAZIMIERZ DISTRICT IN CRACOW

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The former royal capital of Poland nominated to be the cultural capital of Europe in the year 2000. Cracow has traditionally been one of the major centers of Polish culture, and its cultural statue remains unchanged. A city known for its beauty, historical monuments and vast collection of works of art. The street plan of the Old Town, including the Wawel Hill, Stradom and Kazimierz, the former Jewish district, was listed by UNESCO as a part of world cultural heritage in 1978.

WIELICZKA SALT MINE

WIELICZKA SALT MINE

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The oldest salt mine in Europe, the impressive underground world of salt lakes, chambers, galleries and the unique museum of Salt Works created by many generations of Polish miners. A part of the mine has been opened to the public as a museum, and it is a fascinating journey through the labyrinth of tunnels and levels.

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

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The former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau has been the largest “death factory” in the history of humanity and silence witness of human tragedy. Included in the UNESCO list in 1979.

BIAŁOWIEŻA NATIONAL PARK

BIAŁOWIEŻA NATIONAL PARK

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One of the oldest national parks in Europe and one of the largest regions of primeval forest in Central Europe, is also the last natural forest with the fragments of primordial wood. The Białowieża National Park is home to an impressive variety of animals, including the uncontested king of the region – the European bison.

THE CENTENARY HALL (HALA LUDOWA) IN WROCŁAW

THE CENTENARY HALL (HALA LUDOWA) IN WROCŁAW

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For the sake of its unusual construction it is recognized as one of the most outstanding structures of the 20thcentury architecture worldwide. The 42-meter-high and 95-meter-large hall is topped with huge, unsupported dome, 67 meters in diameter, regarded as a great achievement in its day. During the last few years, the Centenary Hall in Wroclaw offered its hospitaliy facilities to the organizers of monumental opera shows that attract music lovers from all over the Europe.

OLD TOWN IN TORUŃ

OLD TOWN IN TORUŃ

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One of the most magnificent historic cities in Poland and the birthplace of Copernicus, a great Polish astronomer. It’s Old Town has been included in the UNESCO list thanks to the most impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and streets uncovering Toruń’s past glory.

TEUTONIC KNIGHTS CASTLE IN MALBORK

TEUTONIC KNIGHTS CASTLE IN MALBORK

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Is the largest brick castle in Poland and one of the oldest ones. As a splendid example of a classic medieval fortress with multiple defensive walls, a labyrinth of rooms and chambers with exquisite architectural details and decoration, nominated for inclusion in the list of the heritage treasure by UNESCO.

MASURIA AREA&STORKS

MASURIA AREA&STORKS

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Masuria is a beautiful area full of lakes, rivers and green fields. Masuria are a favorite region of storks which love to hunt for a frogs in a water areas. White Storks are a symbol of Polish nature. Poland is considered as a Stork paradise which is proved by numbers. Each spring our country is selected by every 4th White Storks in the world in order to give birth to their children and live in Poland until the generation of young have solo flight capabilities.

Polish Culinary & Gifts

Polish Culinary & Gifts

  • Crystals
  • Amber
  • Żurek
  • Pierogi
  • Golabki
  • Sweets
  • Vodka
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CRYSTALS

CRYSTALS

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Poland has long been visited by many seekers of precious metals, rare minerals and beautiful stones. From the 13th century other nations were coming to Poland looking for them. In our country we can find a lot of very precious stones like: gold, chalcopyrites, emeralds, jaspers, agates, opals and many others.

AMBER

AMBER

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Baltic amber, also known as the Baltic gold counts about 44 million years old and comes from the Tertiary period. Today we are the fossil deposits of amber mined mainly for jewelry and certain industries. Especially appreciated are the stones, which siało of any insect or plant part froze in.

ŻUREK

ŻUREK

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The Sour Rye Soup is a regional specialty of Poland made with soured rye flour and meat. In Poland it is known as żur, żurek or barszcz biały. Sour Rye Soup is most often served in a bowl made of bread or with boiled potatoes and white sausage.

PIEROGI

PIEROGI

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Pierogi are special Polish handmade dumplings stuffed with various filling, considered as a Polish national dish. Most common fillings are onions, cheese, mashed potatoes, mushrooms or meat. There are also many other ingredient mixed depended on particular person taste. Polish Pierogi are already known all other the world especially Ruskie pierogi and sweet ones.

GOLABKI

GOLABKI

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It’s a dish made of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around mostly meat and rice filling. It may be also stuffed with eggs, mushrooms or vegetables. Typical sauces served with the dish are based on potatoes or sour cream.

SWEETS

SWEETS

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Polish sweets are known as one of best chocolate products in Europe. For the best sweets in Poland are considered sweets made by the Wedel company. Their factory exists in our country since 1851. That is the reason why Wedel is even more popular than many foreign chocolate producers.

VODKA

VODKA

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Vodka is a national liqueur invented by Polish people which is now known with hundreds of brands of different taste, color and volume. Wyborowa, Chopin or Zubrówka-unique bison grass vodka are three most known vodka types in our country. They are also considered as the best in the world.


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