Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to Poland. Poland has for centuries been a multi-denominational country of different cultures. Polish rulers throughout history have been characterized by great religious tolerance. King Sigismund II Augustus said “I am not the king of your consciences”, while King Casimir the Great brought to Poland a large Jewish diaspora. Despite the destruction wrought by German totalitarianism in the twentieth century, many monuments have survived to this day. Poland, once known as Paradisus Iudaeorum, Latin for paradise for Jews, is a place of real significance for Jews from around the world.
We can observe an example of great Polish religious diversity in Podlachia. The land of bison, as it is known, is still a place where we can find an Orthodox church, a Catholic church or a Tatar mosque on the same street. Goodmen Poland offers detailed programs for visiting world-famous temples such as in Częstochowa – the central place of Marian cult in Poland – with the miraculous image of the Black Madonna.
We invite you to visit places associated with John Paul II, such as the cities of Wadowice, Krakow, and Warsaw, and also important for our history, the spiritual father of the Polish Pope, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński. Also, sister Faustyna Kowalska, or St. Maxsymilian Kolbe. For Orthodox Christians, Mount Garbarka will become a mandatory stop. For Jews from around the world, we recommend Kazimierz nad Wisłą, the Kazimierz district in Krakow, numerous cemeteries with the graves of Hasidic Tzadik, as well as the recently opened POLIN Museum in Warsaw.
In times of a lively dispute over Islamic culture, we invite you to follow in the footsteps of Polish Tatars – a fully assimilated Muslim community in the lands of the Commonwealth.