Poland

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Jasna Gora Monastery
The Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa is the third-largest Catholic shrine in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the monastery is the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.
Bishop's Palace and Museum
This is a must-see for fans of the late Pope John Paul II, who lived here as the Archbishop of Krakow until his elevation to pope in 1978. Inside is the Archdiocesan Museum, which also centers around the Pope's legacy.
Church of Peter and Paul
Established by the Jesuits in the 17th century, this church features a splendid Baroque facade (patterned closely after the mother church in Rome) and larger-than-life statues of the 12 apostles.
Corpus Christi Church
This large Gothic brick church dates from the mid-14th-century and is adjacent to a monastery built 1405. The rich interior includes a painting by Lucas Cranach, fine choir stalls and a boat-shaped pulpit.
Galicia Jewish Museum
This often-overlooked museum features beautiful photographs of Jewish sites throughout southern Poland with explanations of their significance.
Isaak Synagogue
Dating from 1664, the Synagoga Izaaka is considered by many to be the most beautiful synagogue in Krakow. It now houses historic photographs and documentary films, including haunting newsreels taken by the Nazis.
Krakus and Wanda Mounds
These two prehistoric man-made mounds add a bit of mystery to Krakow's skyline. Their purpose remains unknown, but both are perfectly astronomically aligned with the sunrises of important Celtic days.
Old Synagogue
The oldest surviving Jewish site in Poland, the Old Synagogue was rebuilt after a fire in 1557. Badly looted during World War II, it has been restored and now houses a Museum of Jewish History.

Guided Tours of Poland