FROM The man in the front seat / January 8, 2019

Wilanów Palace

In 1771 the process began to divide Poland, and its neighbour Lithuania, up and distribute large parts of the countries to their neighbours. By 1795, Poland ceased to exist as a state, and it remained like that for the next 123 years. This Partitioning, combined with two World Wars in the 20thcentury saw nearly every historical and cultural building in Poland destroyed. Wilanów Palace just outside Warsaw however is one building that survived tumultuous period, so much so that today it serves as a reminder of the culture of the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 3, 2018

Palace of Culture & Science, Warsaw

Constructed in 1955, the building is the tallest in Poland and one of the tallest in Europe with a height of 237m (778ft). Although respected, the building is not like by all Varsoviansand as result has numerous nicknames. Pekin (because of its Polish abbreviation PKiN), and Pajac (which means “clown” … sounds similar to Pałac (palace) in Polish) the most common. It s also referred to as Stalin’s syringe, the Elephant in lacy underwear and the Russian wedding cake. History The building was originally known as the Josef Stalin Palace […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 7, 2018

Wieliczka Salt Mines, Krakow

Located in the southern Polish town of Wieliczka, the Wieliczka Salt mine was opened in the 13th century and run continuously until 2007. Not only is it one of the world’s oldest salt mines, it is also one of the world’s largest. Today the mine is one of Poland’s Pomniki historii (Historic Monuments) and is noted for its 4 chapels, carved out by the miners over the centuries. The mine itself reaches a depth of 326m (1075ft) and is over 287km (180mi) in length. History Rock salt was discovered in […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 8, 2017

Jasna Góra Monastery & the Black Madonna

Located in the Polish town of Częstochowa, Jasna Góra, founded in 1382 by Pauline monks who arrived in Poland at the request of Władysław, the Duke of Opole, is not only one of country’s places of pilgrimage, it is for many the religious capital of the country. Millions of people flock to the monastery each year to see the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed. Since 1711, every August 06th pilgrims leave Warsaw on a 230km (140mi) trek to […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 2, 2017

Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland

General “Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes” – George Santayana When the Spanish/American writer George Santayana penned these words, there is no doubt that the events that took place in places like Auschwitz were the “past” he was referring to. Auschwitz actually consisted of three camps, Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II – Birkenau (the concentration/extermination camp) and Auschwitz III – Monowitz (a labour camp to staff the IG Farben chemical and pharmaceutical company) Auschwitz was first constructed to hold Polish political […]

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