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Do you know how Poland got its name? Posted by on Oct 29, 2021

Most of you know 聽quite a lot about Poland! But one question I ask my friends barely ever gets answered…Where did the name Poland actually come from? How did Poland get its name? Let’s help you answer this question in today’s post馃檪. So why Poland is called Poland? In Polish Poland is called “Polska”. It…

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What do Polish surnames mean? Posted by on Oct 7, 2021

Do you have a Polish surname or is there one in your family tree? Poland has more than 38 million inhabitants and is聽the seventh-largest population in Europe. Many more millions of Polish nationals and people with Polish ancestry live around the world. If you’re one of them, you might wonder about the meaning of your…

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Do you know all 16 voivodeships of Poland? Posted by on Sep 14, 2021

The voivodeship is聽called in Polish wojew贸dztwo聽(plural wojew贸dztwa). Did you know how many of these聽high-level administrative subdivisions are in Poland?聽The Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998, which went into effect on January 1st 1999, created sixteen new voivodeships. These replaced the 49 former voivodeships that had existed from July 1st. 1975. Today’s voivodeships are mostly…

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77th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising Posted by on Aug 2, 2021

5pm was a very important time in Warsaw, Poland. Today is聽77th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising (Powstanie Warszawskie). 5pm was W Hour (Godzina W), when Warsaw remembered the heroes who fought against nazis during the Warsaw Uprising. Today, at 5pm Warsaw stopped for one minute to remember the heroes (bohaterowie) who fought against Nazi horror…

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Thousands march in LGBTQ parade in Poland Posted by on Jun 22, 2021

Thousands marched through聽Warsaw (Warszawa) on Saturday in an “Equality Parade” (Parada R贸wno艣ci) demanding an end to discrimination against the LGBTQ community. It is the largest gay pride parade in central Europe. In a sea of rainbow flags, the symbol of the LGBTQ community, marchers gathered outside the Palace of Culture and Science (Pa艂ac Kultury i…

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This church in Cracow is a must see for architecture lovers. Posted by on Apr 30, 2021

St. Peter and Paul Church in Cracow

Cracow (Krak贸w) holds everything from Gothic towers to great medieval castles to explore. Its rich variety of historic architecture includes Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic buildings. And the amazing聽baroque structure of St. Peter and Paul鈥檚 Church I will tell you about, will not disappoint all the people who love architecture! Krak贸w’s palaces (pa艂ace), churches (ko艣cio艂y), theaters…

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Do you know how Warsaw got its guardian mermaid? Posted by on Apr 27, 2021

Warsaw mermaid by the river

I’m pretty sure that most of you, who visited Warsaw, noticed different mermaid statues, carvings and paintings. They appear everywhere. Feisty and beautiful, this fish-tailed creature is called聽Syrenka, the guardian mermaid, The Mermaid of Warsaw! You may wonder, where did she come from?聽Well, there are two different stories. First one is聽about Prince Kazimierz. While hunting…

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