Category: Poland

Europe’s largest wooden church restored in Poland; AFP

Poland – Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

Europe’s largest wooden church has recovered its original splendour after three years of restoration work, the coordinator of the project in southern Poland said Friday.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Lutheran Church of Peace in Swidnica was built in the mid-17th century and can hold up to 7,500 people. Its restoration was financed by Norway.

“It’s a great day for our church and for the entire little protestant community in Swidnica which wouldn’t have been able to finance the work by itself,” coordinator Bozena Pytel told AFP.

The work cost 4.1 million euros ($4.4 million) and notably involved restoring the organ, pulpit and altar “of what is an exceptional example of Baroque art”, Pytel added.

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Malbork Castle history; Anne-Sophie Redisch; Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

Poland – Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork

If you happen to be floating down the tranquil river Wisla, head off at the little branch called the Nogat, and you’ll come to a Gothic fairytale fortress and some intriguing Malbork Castle history, murder included!

Disembark on the opposite bank, and this imposing 13th century fortified monastery is all you’ll see. The view is particularly magnificent at sunset.

Of course, chances are you’ll not be arriving by river raft, but rather less romantically by rail or road from Gdansk, a mere 60km (1 hour) away. It’s a worthwhile daytrip, one that allows the imagination free reign, especially outside the tourist season. I’m here on a rainy March day, and have the enormous castle almost all to myself.

So what is Malbork? Huge, that’s for sure! By surface area – 21 hectares! – this is the largest brick castle in the world.

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Chilling reminder of Holocaust; Antonia Chiam; Borneo Post

IT was a rainy autumn afternoon when the coach bus entered into Oswiecim, some 311km from the Polish capital of Warsaw. The bus was heading towards the town’s most notorious landmark. Antonia Chiam wes entering Auschwitz Concentration Camp and as the bus pulled in at the main reception building, she felt a deep sense of gloom. The rain did not help to lighten the mood.

Source: Chilling reminder of Holocaust – Borneo Post Online

Białowieża Forest, Where Bison Have Come Back from the Brink; Mike Wheatley; Argophilia

Poland – Białowieża Forest

There are few travelers to Poland that won’t have come across the local variety of vodka, Zubrowka, at least once on their travels. Zubrowka is memorable not just because of its potency – which can knock the socks of even the most hardened drinkers – but also because of its distinctive label featuring a fearsome-looking bison, or zubr.

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