Initially believed to have been an example of a woolly rhinoceros, closer inspection by experts from the University of Wrocław revealed it was a specimen of the much rarer Stephanorhinus or Merck’s rhinoceros. The palaeontologists came to the rescue after the builders, saying they were going to dump the bones, went to watch a football match.
Bought for a few złotys 28 years ago from a market near Lublin, when the current owner discovered the true value of the small oil on canvass he was so astonished he crashed his car into a ditch.
The 23 titles in 32 volumes at the Raczyński Library in Poznań include the "Civitatum aliquote insignarum et locorum magis munitorum exacta delineatio" published in Venice in 1574 – the oldest atlas in the library’s collection and one of the oldest around.
Last year, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation donated a record amount of PLN 12 million (EUR 2.62 million) towards conservation work at the Auschwitz Memorial, the head of the foundation, Marek Zajac, has announced.
A 17th century church in the heart of Poland’s capital Warsaw has just had a very expensive make-over.
The gold will help restore one of Warsaw’s most famous churches to its former glory.
The discovery described by museum staff as "exceptional" was made during conservation work on shoes that make up part of the permanent exhibition at the Auschwitz museum.
The 250-year-old remains of Saint Jadwiga, wife of Polish Piast ruler Henry I the Bearded, were discovered inside a silver casket during conservation work after art conservators spotted an anomaly on a stone slab.
The remains are thought to be those of an aristocratic boy who died back in 1755
With art forgeries being surprisingly common art dealers and museums are increasingly turning to science to check whether a painting is authentic. The fake-busting spectrometer worth over 1mln PLN is the National Museum in Kraków’s latest weapon in the fight against art fraud.