Posted May 2, 2015
Like many national flags, Poland's flag is a simple two-color design. And like many nations, Poland has had to fight off or overthrow invaders more than 40 times from 1600 to modern times!
In the late 1700s, Poland was in the forefront of some modern reforms. For example, in 1773 King Stanislaw II established the first government education authority in Europe. A decade later Poland became the first nation in the entire world to prohibit corporal punishment (paddling and whipping, for example) in all schools. Finally, Poland's May 3 Constitution (1791) was the first set of modern national laws in Europe...But the constitution was only in place for less than a year and a half before Russian Empress Catherine II deemed Poland a problem and started the Polish-Russian War.
Here are some cool or fun things to know about Poland:
|By the way, the awesome Jadwiga, |
who was crowned KING (not queen)
of Poland at age 10,
lived in the Wawel castle.
- The Slowinski National Park is on the Baltic coast, and it has wetlands, wildlife, and moving sand dunes. One thing people like to do there is sandboard!
- The Wieliczka Salt Mine is pretty amazing – there is an underground “city” carved out of the rock salt, including this chapel, which is supposed to have better acoustics than any other structure in Europe! Also, the salt mine is considered one of the oldest companies in the world, because salt has been mined from it continuously since the 13th Century.
(Yeah, that's the 1200s – more than 700 years!)
To be honest, the salt mining part stopped in 2007, but the company still exists – as a tourist attraction!!
- This cheese is beautifully carved – but apparently still delicious.
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