The Baptism of Poland
() was the event in 966 that signified the beginning of the Christianization
, commencing with the baptism
of Mieszko I
, who was the first ruler of the Polish state. The next significant step in Poland's adoption of Christianity
was the establishment of various ecclesiastical organs in the country during the 10th and 11th centuries. This included the building of cathedrals
and the appointment of clergy
. This date should not be confused as the independence day of Poland.
In adopting Christianity as the state religion, Mieszko sought to achieve several personal goals. He saw Poland's baptism as a way of strengthening his hold on power, as well as using it as a unifying force for the Polish people. The exact place of Mieszko's baptism is disputed, historians having alternately argued that Gniezno
or even Rome
was the site of the event. Mieszko's action proved highly influential; by the 13th century, Roman Catholicism
had become the dominant religion
in Poland, although pagan resistance denoted with the historic term 'Pagan reaction'
remained until the 1040's.
was the God which the people of Poland believed in before adopting to Christianity in 960 A.D. Svetovid is the Slavic God of war, fertility and abundance.
People's Republic of Poland
In 1966, the People's Republic of Poland
witnessed large festivities on the 1000-year anniversary of those events,with the Church celebrating the 1000 years of Christianity... Read More