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Poland and Lithuania: Shared History
April 26, 2012   
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The shared history of Poland and Lithuania is revisited in a new exhibition at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, entitled Under One Sky. A Republic of Many Nations, Religions and Cultures (16th-18th Centuries). The exhibition is a joint project by the Polish History Museum and the Royal Castle.

The main idea behind the exhibition is to remind visitors that for almost 250 years, the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania formed a federation. In 1569, the two states signed the Union of Lublin which established the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, populated by many different ethnic, national and religious groups.

The Union of Lublin created common institutions for the two states, including a single elected monarch and a parliament, and joint foreign and defense policies. It also introduced a monetary union.

The exhibition studies the phenomenon of a multicultural state and examines the challenges of so many ethnicities and religious communities living together in peace.

Visitors to the exhibition can see several valuable items, including the original text of the Union of Lublin, a cape from the wedding dress of Queen Bona Sforza and a rosary which belonged to King Stefan Batory.

Alongside items and documents from centuries ago, the organizers have used new technology such as multimedia maps. The exhibition also features almost unknown sketches which Martin Gruneweg of Gdańsk made on his numerous trips across Poland in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Until July 31
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