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Monday, April 23, 2018

Mandragora Jewish food restaurant, Lublin, Poland
by Arunas Travel Photography - 7

Jewish food restaurant

Mandragora is a Jewish restaurant, located in the Old Town of Lublin, Poland. The restaurant offers a very colourful and intimate atmosphere full of warmth and aroma of klezmer music together with the smell of Jewish dishes. Many of the ingredients and served wines are specially imported from Israel and are certified as kosher.

A rustic, old-timey feel with lots of touches of the symbols of Judaism: gorgeous antique menorahs, hand-painted drawings, elaborate candle sticks and crocheted table cloths.




The restaurant serves as an unlikely echo of prewar Lublin, known before the Holocaust as “the Jerusalem of Poland” because of its 40,000 Jewish residents.

From the Middle Ages, Jews made up a significant part of the community of the city of Lublin where they established the Talmudic Academy and a Hebrew printing house in the 16th century. It was also an important centre of Hasidic Judaism – a mystical branch of Judaism.

Jewish food restaurant
Interior, Mandragora restaurant, Lublin
Mandragora
Interior, Mandragora restaurant, Lublin
Jewish food restaurant
Interior, Mandragora restaurant, Lublin
Mandragora
Interior, Mandragora restaurant, Lublin
Hanukkah tea
Hanukkah tea, Mandragora restaurant, Lublin
Jewish tea
Hanukkah tea, Mandragora restaurant, Lublin
Mandragora
Interior, Mandragora restaurant, Lublin
Lublin
Mandragora restaurant, Lublin

Address: Mandragora restaurant, Rynek 9, 20-400 Lublin, Poland


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Bialystok, Poland
by Arunas Travel Photography - 13

Białystok

Bialystok (Polish: Białystok) is the largest city in north-eastern Poland, located on the banks of the Biala River in the Bialystok Uplands of the Podlaskie Plain, part of what is known collectively as the Green Lungs of Poland.



Five interesting facts about Białystok:

  • The English translation of the name is "white slope".
  • The first settlers arrived in the 15th century.
  • In 1692, it was granted city rights by King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, John III Sobieski (1629–1696).
  • Around 32% of the city is occupied by parks, squares and forest preserves which creates a unique and healthy climate.
  • There are several hundred historic buildings in the city, around 150 of which have been registered on a register of historic monuments of Polish, Jewish, Orthodox and Muslim cultures.

Bazylika archikatedralna Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny w Białymstoku
The Catholic Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Neo-Gothic; built in 1900–1905), Bialystok
Ratusz w Białymstoku
The Town Hall (built in 1954–1958), Bialystok
Pałac Branickich
The Branicki Palace (Rococo; built in 1691–1697), Bialystok
Pałac Branickich
The Branicki Palace, Bialystok
Branicki Palace
Interior of the Branicki Palace, Bialystok
Bialystok
The Branicki Palace Gardens, Bialystok
Białystok
Szeftel Ginzburg's tenement house (Eclecticism; built in 1906), Bialystok
Podróz
Sculpture "The Journey", Bialystok
Kościół św. Rocha w Białymstoku
The Catholic Church of St. Roch (Modern-Expressionist; built in 1927–1946), Bialystok
Wnętrze kościoła
Interior of the Church of St. Roch, Bialystok
Atrium Biała
Atrium Biała Shopping Center, Bialystok
Shopping centre
Interior of Atrium Biała, Bialystok
Bialystok
Galeria Jurowiecka Shopping Center, Bialystok
Galeria Jurowiecka
Interior of Galeria Jurowiecka, Bialystok
Train station
Train station, Bialystok


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Sopot, Poland
by Arunas Travel Photography - 21

Poland

Sopot is a small seaside city and spa resort, located between Gdansk and Gdynia in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland.



Five interesting facts about Sopot:

  • The first written record of the city's name dates back to 1283.
  • In 1901, it was granted city rights by the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, Wilhelm II (1859–1941).
  • Its unique character stems from the Art Nouveau houses, surrounded by historic parks and beautifully cultivated gardens, with greenery covering 60% of the city area.
  • It has the longest wooden pier in Europe (511.5 m/ 1678 ft), stretching into the Baltic sea from the middle of the city beach.
  • It is famous for its Sopot International Song Festival, the largest such event in Europe after the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sopot pier
The wooden pier, Sopot
Sopot
Sheraton Hotel, Sopot
The lighthouse (built in 1903–4), Sopot
Sopot
The Krzywy Domek (built in 2004), Sopot
Sopot church
Interior of the Catholic Church of St. George (Neo-Gothic; built in 1899–1901), Sopot
Sopot train station
Train station, Sopot
Sopot
Great cormorants, Sopot
Sopot
White wagtail, Sopot
Sopot
Hooded crow, Sopot
Sopot
The Baltic Sea, Sopot


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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Ljubljana, Slovenia
by Arunas Travel Photography - 15

Slovenia

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia, located along the Ljubljanica River, between the Alps and the Karst.



Fiver interesting facts about Ljubljana:

  • It was founded around 50 BC by the Romans.
  • The first mention of Ljubljana by its German name Laibach dates back to 1144.
  • In 1200, it was granted the city rights.
  • Although the oldest architecture has been preserved from the Roman period, the Old Town got its outline in the Middle Ages.
  • The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana Dragon.

Frančiškanska cerkev Marijinega oznanjenja
The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation (Baroque; built in 1646–1660), Ljubljana
Ljubljana
The Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
The Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
The Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
The Dragon Bridge (opened in 1901), Ljubljana
Dragon
Dragon statue on the Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Floodgate on the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Congress Square, Ljubljana
Ljubljana Castle
The Castle (built in the 11th–19th century), Ljubljana
Ljubljana Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Baroque; completed in 1706), Ljubljana
Ljubljana
The Church of St. James (Baroque; built in 1613–1615), Ljubljana
Ljubljana Old Town
The Old Town, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
The Ursuline Church (Baroque; built in 1718–1726), Ljubljana
Ljubljana University
The main building of the University of Ljubljana
Street
Old street, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Old street, Ljubljana
Ljubljana
West view of the city of Ljubljana
Ljubljana
North view of the city of Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Northeast view of the city of Ljubljana


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