Izamal. In the Image of Sun God / Na podobieństwo boga słońca.

Being way too brutal in his doings, he turns the Indians away from God, instead of bringing them closer to him”. Such is the way a Franciscan missionary Francisco de Toral wrote about Diego de Landa in his letters to Spanish king in the XVIth century. De Landa’s task, as a friar was propagation of the Catholic faith on recently discovered territories of Yucatan peninsula. … Continue reading Izamal. In the Image of Sun God / Na podobieństwo boga słońca.

Tangier. Church of Saint Andrew. Good hunting, Tim / Udanych łowów, Tim

Good hunting, Tim The graveyard nearby Grand Socco in Tangier is place of an eternal rest for almost 200 people. Among them some British soldiers as well as others of an outstanding merit for Morocco. The author of the inscription on one of the graves dedicated it to a British airman who lost his life over this land. In the Church of St. Andrews we … Continue reading Tangier. Church of Saint Andrew. Good hunting, Tim / Udanych łowów, Tim

Kraków. Christmas szopking / Świąteczny szopking

From my childhood, I remember a stroll we made with my parents the other day at Christmas, to the Krakow main market square. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, the fairy lamps adorning Sukiennice and the Christmas markets were only a background for the true, undiscovered treasures waiting for us in each of the Krakow’s churches. Our main goal was to see szopkas* (nativity scenes), as many … Continue reading Kraków. Christmas szopking / Świąteczny szopking

Grabarka. The holy mountain of a thousand crosses / Święta góra tysiąca krzyży

The year is 1710. An epidemic of Cholera spreads out in a village of Siemiatycze. Its dwellers try to protect themselves by hiding deep within forests nearby. Death takes its cruel toll however. In the meantime, a certain old man dreams of a hill nearby – Grabarka, which is supposed to be a rescue for the suffering. According to the legend, some 10 thousand people follow him up … Continue reading Grabarka. The holy mountain of a thousand crosses / Święta góra tysiąca krzyży

Kruszyniany. On Tatar’s trail / Na tatarskim szlaku

Dżemil smiles at our sight. There are not many tourists here at this time of year, but every one of them can count on the guide’s help. When he starts to speak, the words come out as fast as if from a machine gun. One the one hand, it is because of his passion and engagement, on the other… because of the temperature. While we … Continue reading Kruszyniany. On Tatar’s trail / Na tatarskim szlaku