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Warsaw Jewish Cemetery

The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe and in the world. This Wola District cemetery was established in 1806 beyond the city trenches (Polish: okopy), their course marked by today’s Okopowa Street. The cemetery occupies an area of 33.4 ha and it is the resting place of over 200,000 persons, many generations of Jews Varsovians. The cemetery is owned by the Warsaw Jewish Community and still serves as a burial place today.

The cemetery, which has become a dense forest in the post-war period, is filled with monuments dedicated to notable persons such as politicians, spiritual leaders, inventors, economists and others. Many of the markers are simple, others are elaborately carved and richly decorated. Large mausoleums appear in styles ranging from Egyptian Revival to Art Deco. The cemetery is divided into an area for women and an area for men. Moreover, there is an area of the Orthodox and for the Reformed deceased.

Unlike other cemeteries in Europe, …

Catching the colours of autumn

Autumn can be one of the finest times to experience walking through the park. Lift your spirits with the wonderful colours of Autumn.

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The Uruski-Czetwertyński Palace in Warsaw, Poland

The Uruski-Czetwertyński Palace is located in Warsaw at Krakowskie Przedmieście (Cracow's Suburb) street no 30. This is one of the most impressive former magnate residences at the Royal Route. The road leads from the summer royal palace in Wilanów to the Royal Castle in the Warsaw Old Town. 

The palace was built around in the Baroque style 1740 for Stanisław Poniatowski, father of Stanisław August, the future king of Poland. It was here that Stanisław August learnt he was elected monarch of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The palace changed hands several times. In 1843 it became the property of Seweryn Uruski. Uruski chose to demolish the palace and to erect a new building in the Renaissance architectural style. The construction work lasted from 1844 to 1847 under the direction Andrzej Gołoński. In the years 1893-1895, the palace was renovated and the new north outhouse was built. Next, the palace was the residency of Włodzimierz Czetwertynski and his descendants, until 1940.…

There was a tree...

In October trees and bushes end their fruit season. Oak trees lose their ripe acorns. It is time to celebrate and enjoy the colours. Golden Polish autumn – that’s the phrase commonly used to describe this season. During October a total change of colours takes place. Only coniferous trees retain their green colour, but the deciduous trees and shrubs are golden and rusty. The green disappears and gives place to bronze, red and yellow tones which create unique autumn aura of beautiful “Polish golden autumn”, especially during sunny weather. The period of leaves’ fall is prolonged in time, as different species loose their leaves at different times. 
Polish autumn is truly beautiful and if you have a chance to visit our country during any of the fall months – do it!

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Garden-City Podkowa Leśna

Podkowa Leśna (literal meaning - "Horseshoe Grove", in full: Miasto-ogród Podkowa Leśna - "Garden-City Podkowa Leśna") is a town in central Poland, in Grodzisk Mazowiecki County, (Masovian Voivodeship). The town is located not far from Warsaw in a beautiful setting of the Młochowskie Forests. Forests surround the town from three sides (the east, the south, and the north).

The area where is situated Podkowa Leśna, since 1861 belonged to industrialist and hunter Stanislaw Lilpop. The creation of the town was connected directly to the Electric Railroad. The line was constructed and operated under the original name "Elektryczne Koleje Dojazdowe" (Electric Commuter Rail) by a privately owned electrical power industry consortium "Siła i Światło" (Power and Light) established with the participation of British capital shortly after Poland regained independence after World War I in 1918.

"Garden-City Podkowa Leśna" was based on 19th century Ga…

Flights over the river


Sunsets over the Nida Valley

The Nida is a river in central Poland, a left tributary of the Vistula river. The Nida has a length of 151 kilometres and is made of two smaller rivers, the White Nida and the Black Nida, which merge in the upper part of the basin. The geographical region through which Nida flows is called Ponidzie (Nida Riverside). 

In the north, the region is marked by carbonate and gypsum rocks, while in the south the landscape is flat. The valley of the Nida is wide and covered with meadows and pastures. The bottom of the valley is flat and wet, with peat appearing in several locations in the former oxbow lakes. There was established three landscape parks and several nature reserves in the Ponidzie. 

Ponidzie in the late Middle Ages, it was one of the most important regions of the Kingdom of Poland. There are ancient Lesser Poland towns of Pińczow, Wiślica and Nowy Korczyn located on the banks of the river Nida.

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