Włodawa – three cultures celebrated in one town

Hello from eastern Poland! I am in Włodawa, close to the borders with Belarus and Ukraine. This lovely town is a big surprise for me. It is here that Poland celebrates its three cultures: Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Jewish. Let us begin with the Baroque Catholic church near the Pauline …

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Georgia: Vardzia and Borjomi

We are back in Georgia, visiting two amazing sites. First Vardzia – famous cave-city. Historically connected to Queen Tamar, Georgia’s beloved queen, this unusual city is very important for many Georgians. Queen Tamar turned the cave-city into a monastery housing up to 2,000 monks until it was ruined by an …

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Armenia’s alphabet, bread and more

Hello from Armenia! This is the last post about this beautiful country. What determines Armenian identity is their Christian faith and alphabet. They have their own language and their own alphabet, created more than 1600 years ago. They are very proud of it. One way to celebrate their alphabet and …

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Armenia: Yerevan and area

Today, we begin with our visit in Geghard Monastery. The name of the monastery comes from the relic that was kept here for long time – the spear with which a Roman soldier pierced Christ on the cross. The relic is now kept in the Museum of Etchmiadzin. Geghard monastery …

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Armenia: Noratus, Tatev, Noravank, Khor Virap and more

Today, I would like to show you some amazing tourist attractions in Armenia, many of them will be churches and monastic sites. Before I begin, I want to say that Armenia is a very poor country, devastated by years of communism, earthquakes (a very powerful one in 1988) and wars. …

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Goshavank, Haghartsin, Sevanavank and Lake Sevan

Hello from Armenia! We will be here only for four days but the program is very rich and there is a lot to learn. Armenians were the first nation to adopt Christianity in 301. According to tradition, Armenian Apostolic Church was established by two apostles: Thaddeus and Bartholomew. It is …

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Georgian traditions

We began our 7th day in Georgia in the village of Bodbe, the place where the most important Georgian saint, St Nino, died. Georgian people call her St. Nino Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia. Her final resting place is in this small chapel. The first chapel was …

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Tbilisi

Hello from Georgia’s capital: Tbilisi. This lady is selling Churchkhela, typical Georgian candle-shaped fruit candy with walnuts and other nuts inside. Our guide Leszek thinks that Tbilisi is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Let’s judge this city on our own! Tbilisi is built on several hills …

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Mtskheta

Saturday in the most religious, historic and spiritual place in Georgia – Mtskheta. I have many amazing pictures for this post, especially from local weddings. But first – Ananuri. It is a fortress, located 66km north of Tbilisi by the Zhinvali Reservoir. Within the fortress there are two churches. The …

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Mount Kazbek and the Caucasus Mountains

Hello from the Caucasus Mountains! We are now standing in front of the Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument, quite interesting….. but it offers amazing views: Our dream was to see the top of the highest mountain in Georgia – Mt Kazbek, 5047m and it was possible!!!! Gergeti Trinity Church (Tsminda Sameba) is …

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