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Hill of Crosses (Lithuania)

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Hill of Crosses (Lithuanian: Kryžių kalnas) is an incredible and magic site about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai. It is a major site of Catholic pilgrimage in Lithuania. The first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising.  After the 3rd partition of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795, Poland and Lithuania became part of the Russian Empire. Poles and Lithuanians unsuccessfully rebelled against Russian authorities in 1831 and 1863. Families could not locate bodies of perished rebels, they started putting up symbolic crosses in place of a former hill fort. Several generations of Catholics from Lithuania, Poland and all over the world brought here not only crosses and crucifixes, but statues of the Virgin Mary, carvings of Lithuanian patriots and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims.  The site took on a special significance during the years 1944–1990, when Lithuania was occupied by …

Bay of Puck

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The Bay of Puck, is the western branch of the Bay of Gdańsk in the southern Baltic Sea, off the shores of Gdańsk Pomerania, Poland. It is separated from the open sea by the Hel Peninsula. The bay Bay covers an area of approx. 40.000 ha and is very shallow; it has an average depth of 2 m to 6 m. There is a shallow sand-bank from Rewa to Kuźnica in the middle of Hel Peninsula, that's why the bay is available only for small boats and yachts.


There are contains a variety of shore types - sandy beaches, gravel beds, stony outcrops, clay cliffs, vegetated river mouths etc. The bay is protected as marine part of Seaside Lanscape Park.


The Bay is situated nearby the major harbour city of Gdynia and very popular tourist resort of central Polish coast. The main ports are Puck, Jastarnia, and Hel.


Warsaw - City of lights. Part 1. Christmas lighting on the Nowy Świat Street

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Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is sparkling with Christmas lights. The streets are illuminated with many lights and colourful illuminations. The whole lighting installation is over 20 km long. The lights are set up mainly along the Kings Route (Trakt Królewski) – starting with Zamkowy Square, Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, Nowy Świat Street, Trzech Krzyży Square, and Aleje Ujazdowskie Street, up to Belweder Palace and many other streets and squares. 




You might also read other articles about beautiful places in Warsaw (click).

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Warsaw Jewish Cemetery

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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

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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

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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.…
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