Tychy Local Customs

  • TRIBUTE TO JOHN PAUL II
    TRIBUTE TO JOHN PAUL II
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  • IN  MEMORY  OF  JAN  KAPICA
    IN MEMORY OF JAN KAPICA
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  • ST.  MARIA  MAGDALENA  CHURCH
    ST. MARIA MAGDALENA CHURCH
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    They paint on ceilings

    by matcrazy1 Updated Nov 6, 2003

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    ST.  MARIA  MAGDALENA  CHURCH

    There are a lot of colorful painting on ceilings or to be more exact on top of vaults in churches of Tychy.
    Look at the painting on my picture taken inside St. Maria Magdalena Roman Catholic Parish Church. There is a scene from Holy Bible there as I know.
    Do not forget to look up whenever you visit churches of Tychy.

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    Old and new roofs

    by matcrazy1 Written Nov 5, 2003

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    ST.  MARIA  MAGDALENA  CHURCH

    Roofs of older houses are usually steep and coveref by red roof tiles. The oldest church in Tychy that's is St. Maria Magdalena church is covered by huge roof with small windows covered just by red roof tiles as well.
    It seems that most new built houses have quite similar although smaller roofs.

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    Who was Jan Kapica?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Nov 5, 2003

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    IN  MEMORY  OF  JAN  KAPICA

    Look at my picture, please. What's that? It's a monument in memory of Jan Kapica born 8 Feb 1866, died 10 Sep 1930. It's located on southern wall of St. Maria Magdalena Cgurch - the oldest church of Tychy born in 1782.He is regarded as one of local heroes in Tychy.

    The inscriptions on the monument say:
    - "Zal mi ludu" which means I regret at the nation/people - on the top,
    - If God with us who against us? - on the left,
    - Brothers, be sober and vigilant - on the right,
    - In saint memory of priest jan Kapica. Requiescat in pace = let's rest in peace in Latin - on the bottom.

    Who was Jan Kapica?
    He was a Roman Catholic parish-priest of Tychy. He was well known as a Polish priest on the area which was debatable after WWI, between Germany and Poland. Before WWI (since 1795) Poland was divided among three countries: Germany (Prusia), Austria and Russia and Tychy belonged to Prussia (Germany).

    Historical background.
    There was the Plebiscite supervised by international commission (with France + United Kingdom which won WWI) in Upper Silesia in 1921. In Tychy 2982 voted for Poland and 650 for Germany (including probably 205 Germans transferred from Germany just for the plebiscite). Finally Tychy like estern part of that region called Upper Silesia came back to Poland.

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    Flowers and candles on graves

    by matcrazy1 Written Nov 3, 2003

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    GRAVE  IN  TYCHY

    I noticed that citizens of Tychy take care of graves of their families and friends a lot all year round. They (graves I mean :-) are usually clean and full of colorful flowers and candles/lamps.

    Unbelievable. I didn't notice it living in Krakow earlier. Surely except so called All Saints/Souls Day = 1 Nov which is a national holiday in Poland and when people used to visit graves, pray for their dead relatives, put flowers and light candles on their graves.

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    Can you speak... Latin?

    by matcrazy1 Written Nov 3, 2003

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    LATIN INSCRIPTION ON ST. MARIA MAGDALENA CHURCH

    There are a lot of old inscriptions in... Latin inside and outside of Tychy old catholic church: St. Maria Magdalena Parish Church. Latin language was and still is an official language of Vatican and Roman Catholic church. Add medicine here. I was in Rome and I didn't meet anybody speaking Latin on a street there hehe.

    There are not many citizens of Tychy who can speak Latin: Roman Catholic priests, doctors, dentists, who else?
    My father often told to me: "disce puer Latinae" = learn Latin, boy (words of his father) when I was a kid. And... I learned :-))). What for? Hmm... I didn't know. I didn't want to be neither a priest nor a doctor that time. I wanted to be... a big truck driver or fireman hehe.

    Btw this inscription on my picture "Omnia instaurare in Christo" means the whole renewed in Christ.

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    Statues of Christ and saints

    by matcrazy1 Written Nov 3, 2003

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    STATUE OF CHRIST ON ST. MARIA MAGDALENA CHURCH

    There are a lot of statues of Christ and various catholic saints in churches of Tychy.

    This statue of Christ on my picture is located/mounted above a side entrance to St. Maria Magdalena Church.
    He keeps big cross and looks towards the main square (Market Square = Rynek). The statue is old and original - over 200 years old as I know.

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    Tychy and... Vatican

    by matcrazy1 Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    ST.  MARIA  MAGDALENA  CHURCH

    There is one example of amazing baroque architecture in Tychy: St. Maria Magdalena Parish Church built in 1782.

    Baroque? What's that?
    It is a style in art and architecture developed in Europe, England, and the Americas during the 17th and early 18th century.

    Baroque buildings are composed of great curving forms with undulating facades, ground plans of unprecedented size and complexity, and domes of various shapes.
    Look at the greatest baroque buildings around the world: click here
    Hmm... instead of the church in Tychy I would choose Piazza of St. Peter's, by Bernini, at Vatican City, surrounded by Rome, Italy, 1656 to 1667.

    Polish late baroque churches (like this one in Tychy) seems to be more simple in their forms at least seen from the outside. Am I wrong?

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    Do they like Tyskie beer?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    4-PACK OFTYSKIE BEER WITH KILKENNY ON TOP :-)

    Hmm... usually they drink Tyskie beer and not only because it's the cheapest beer sold in Tychy, I suppose. And some of them like Irish Kilkenny beer as well. Add Guiness here.

    And what about Dutch Grolsch and Czech (top secret: produced in... Tychy brewery hehe) Pilsner Urquell.

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    How to pay a tip?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Sep 21, 2002

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    Don't eat hot-dogs please!

    Tipping is not obligatory. Some people never tip, some always, some (most I think) only if are satisfied about their service.
    Usually it's 5-10%.
    You can pay a tip only in cash. So, if you pay a bill in cash you simply add a tip. If you pay by debit/credit card you pay first a bill and then you can give a tip in cash.

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    Names of streets and districts

    by matcrazy1 Written Sep 4, 2002

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    The first-built housing estate A

    City of Tychy consists of the older part (called Old Tychy) and the newer one (rare called New Tychy). The most of the city is divided into districts (or rather housing estates) which are marked by latin alphabet from A to Z (A and B belong to Old Tychy). It's interesting that names of the streets usually begin with the same letter as the district (hosing estate) where the street is located. So if you live in Debowa Street f.e. it means you live in district D. Isn't it practical?

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    A Polish breakfast for guests.

    by Kodi01 Written Nov 4, 2003

    Thank you Urszula for making this BIG Polish breakfast.

    It was many things, meat, breads, cheese, coffee and more.

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    Polish holidays

    by Kodi01 Written Nov 4, 2003

    Here is a picture of a holiday in Poland with candles and flowers on the gravesites.

    What a great memorial.

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