Poland is a country of 1000-year-old history, rich traditions and abundant cultural heritage. The legacy of bygone centuries that includes monuments of architecture, historical mementos and masterpieces of art is perfectly combined with the wealth of Polish nature and its original landscapes. All those who wish to deepen their knowledge of history and see outstanding art pieces will admire Poland’s UNESCO sites entered on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Krakow, the historic capital of the kings who resided at the Wawel castle, is today Poland’s cultural and entertainment centre – it contains one quarter of the country’s museums.
The majority of pilgrims flock to the Pauline Monastery on Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland. Here you will find the blessed icon of the Black Madonna, venerated both in Poland and abroad. The followers of other faiths have their sanctuaries in many places around the country: the Eastern Orthodox Church at Grabarka, the Protestants at Karpacz, Wisła and Cieszyn, and the Muslims at Bohoniki. Christians make pilgrimages to shrines, calvaries and to miraculous springs. Orthodox Christians take crosses to the holy Mount Grabarka and Jews are drawn to the tombs of their Tzaddiks in Lezajsk and Lelow. Just add to this the roadside crosses and chapels and we get the religious landscape of Poland.