Photographer's Note

It is not uncommon that important people decide to change their religion to pursue their career. The first example which comes to my mind is Mieszko I (930-992). Mieszko was the first historical ruler of Poland and at certain point he got tired of constant German attacks who as an excuse used the fact that they wanted to convert his lands to Christianity. He decided to renounce the religion of his fathers and accept Christianity (966). In a similar manner, Lithuanian duke, Jogaila (1352-1434) accepted Christianity to avoid attacks from Teutonic Knights. He has married 11 years old Polish Queen, Saint Jadwiga, who was originally Hungarian. This Lithuanian-Hungarian couple became one of the best royal couples the country ever had.

This year I have visited Dresden. There was a period in Polish history when rich magnate families were so influential, they decided that to avoid fights among themselves they will elect kings from foreign royal families. Quite a crazy idea. Protestant, Augustus II the Strong (1670-1733) from Dresden converted to Catholicism to be able to be elected King of Poland.

If you think it was a long time ago, I will give you one more example. Miss Meghan Markle converted to Church of England to be able to marry Prince Harry.

General Jozef Bem, born in my home town Tarnow, national hero of Poland and Hungary, at certain point of his career decided to become a Turkish pasha. For that to happen he had to convert to Islam. Even though he was a national hero, being a Moslem he could not have been buried on a Christian cemetery. Hence Tarnow built for him a dedicated mausoleum (in this photo) in the most beautiful local park.

I always found this place very attractive and every time I am around I try to take a photo there as you see, with varied success. I created a dedicated theme for those photos because I think there may be more of them coming.

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