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Małopolska of Many Cultures and Religions

Małopolska of Many Cultures and Religions

Małopolskain its long, over a millennium long history, has become home to manynational, ethnic and religious minorities.

It has always been the border region – where various cultures met and creatively mingled. This is where the followers of the Orthodox Church, Judaism and members of Protestant Churches found their place. Małopolska thus became the Little Fatherland of Armenians, Jews, Slovaks, Roma, Ruthenians and Ukrainians who lived here. The rich tradition of tolerance was reflected in the work of St. John Paul II, who met with the Orthodox Patriarch and with the representatives of Protestant denominations. As the first Pope in history, he visited a synagogue and a mosque. He was also in contact with representative of other religions, always preaching the message of the broadly understood ecumenism. Wandering across the entire region, you will often have an opportunity to encounter places where ethnic and – also religious – minorities continue to reside, or the memory of their existence is still alive. You can visit the places of worship of various denominations; visit the cemeteries and many other sites. It is also worth stopping by the – abundant in the region – museums or ethnographic parks (open air museums) that feature examples of regional architecture by various ethnographic and ethnic groups. The minority culture is still alive and is cultivated during numerous artistic events and festivals.
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