Kruszyniany. Green Mosque. The wooden structure from the eighteenth century, built by local carpenters and joiners, who mapped the appearance of the local Orthodox and Catholic churches. Only green color refers to Islam, because, for example, dome of towers are Byzantine. To this day, in the mosque are celebrated prayer in Arabic. Because the local Tatars lost the ability of this language - in the sacred books are footnotes in Belarusian and Polish. Kruszyniany residents celebrate not only all Muslim holidays. They are happy to join to celebrate with their neighbors the Orthodox holidays and Catholic celebrations. For this reason, local children have in school more free days than anywhere else in Poland.
Kruszyniany. Muslim cemetery - Mizar. It exists already 300 years. At the oldest tombstones from the seventeenth century - the time faded all inscriptions. First read inscriptions come from 1704. According to tradition, a larger stone was placed at the head, lower at the foot of the deceased. In old times, the most popular ceremony in the village was an Islamic funeral, where according to tradition handed out candy. The ceremony was attended then by all the residents. If not from a desire to honor the memory of the deceased, then certainly because of gluttony.
Kruszyniany. In Poland live approx. 4.5 thousand of Muslims. Close to 99% of them are Tatars and their descendants, living here from 600 years. Half of the mosques in Poland is in Kruszyniany and Bohoniki and the other two are in Warsaw and Gdańsk. Before World War II called - village of tri-Sunday. The reason is that on Friday Muslims prayed there. On Saturday Jews and on Sunday - Christians.
Bohoniki. Prayer wall in the mosque. Bohoniki Mosque was built in the nineteenth century, and as well as the mosque in neighboring Kruszyniany, is painted green. The Muslim community in Bohoniki - now numbering 20 people, although not always strictly comply with the obligations of a Muslim (five times praying or Ramadan) is a wholly complied with the requirement of the pilgrimage to Mecca - using the travel fund by the King of Saudi Arabia.
Bohoniki. Muslim cemetery. 2 hectares, the largest existing in Poland mizar was founded in the eighteenth century. The oldest preserved tombstone with a clear inscription dates from 1786. Most of the inscriptions from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is in Arabic and Russian, because of the suppression on the use of Polish under Russian rule. All graves are facing east and their right edges are facing the right side in the direction of Mecca - because it is believed that the soul leaves the body from the right side. On tombstones can be deciphered among others the following inscriptions: "Retired lieutenant of Guard Tamerlan Tugan Baranowski, 1871, 63 years old", "General Lieutenant Josif Stiepanowicz Jakubowski, 1930, 77 years old", "Ibrahim Alexandrovich, 1983, Soldier of 1939. Fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino".
Visiting nearby Muslim cemeteries with our interpreter-guide.
Transportation from anywhere in Warsaw directly to all locations on the tour route in the same car.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-4 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Sprinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose.
Upon arrival to the Mosque in Kruszyniany, for 30 minutes you sightsee the mosque with a local guide and then the nearby Muslim cemetery. Similarly, in Bohoniki, where after seeing mizar we will visit mosque.
After completion of Mosques Bohoniki & Kruszyniany , our qualified driver takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Kruszyniany.
2. Kruszyniany. Sightseeing of mosque in Kruszyniany with local guide and nearby cemetery with interpreter-guide.
3. Transit Kruszyniany - Bohoniki.
4. Bohoniki. Sightseeing of mosque in Bohoniki with local guide and nearby cemetery with interpreter-guide.
5. Transit Bohoniki - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 8 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Kruszyniany is 250 km / 155 miles.
Distance between Kruszyniany and Bohoniki is 40 km / 25 miles.
Distance between Bohoniki and Warsaw is 240 km / 149 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 3 hours.
Time of Bohoniki-Kruszyniany Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.