April - May 2004
Poland: Land of Pope John Paul II
After the fall of the Iron Curtain it has become easy for visitor to explore
the countries which used to be part of the so called Eastern Block. These countries
are making great efforts to attract tourists to come, discover and enjoy the
land that includes Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.We recently had the pleasure to visit
the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. In this article an attempt is made to
outline a few interesting and beautiful sights of Poland, which is increasingly
becoming popular with the tourists. Visitors can now go to all parts of the country
including the remotest natural and man made places.
|In just over a decade, Poland has come a long
way and is now on the threshold of joining the European Union 'Club'. Poland
is the land of Pope John Paul II, who was the archbishop of Kracow and
now is the head of the Roman Catholic Church. The majority of the Polish
people are of the catholic faith and generally lead a rural lifestyle.
Ethnic minorities in Poland include Belarusians, Germans, Lithuanians,
Slovaks, Ukrainians and Muslims.
|Like in many other nations, life in the countryside
has not changed much, whilst cities like Warsaw show a modern face. We
all can perhaps remember that Gdansk on the Baltic coast gathered fame
in the 1980's as a birthplace of the solidarity movement and thus became
a very well know city.
The impressive town of Krakow is the ancient
royal capital and has been compared with Prague and Vienna as one of
the architectural gems of central Europe. Krakow has always been one
of the major centre of polish culture and continues to remain so, with
it's great theatres, magnificent museums, art galleries, cafes, restaurants
and pubs. For it's cultural heritage the city was featured in the award
winning film 'Schindlers List'. In the heart of the city is a square,
maybe the largest of it's kind in Europe with a medieval cloth hall which
practically divides the square in two. Other attractions of the city
are the Royal Castle at the top of Wawell Hill, Wawell Cathedral, the
historical synagogue and romantic streets of the old town.....
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