Close to the Belarusian border to the east and northeast of Białystok, Kruszyniany (kroo-shi-nya-ni) is noted for its timber mosque, which, coupled with the one in Bohoniki, are the only surviving historic mosques in Poland. Both were built by the Muslim Tatars who settled here at the end of the 17th century.
The village is an atmospheric setting for the mosque and nearby cemetery. The few streets are quiet, which lets you hear the rustling of the leaves in the birch trees. A good restaurant rewards those who linger. Nearby roads offer beautiful driving through the pastoral countryside.