St Mary's is one of the oldest wodden churches in Poland, built from 1440 on and consecrated in 1462. The material used is larch wood.
It is not open to public except that we can look through a glass door.
The exhibition about the Roma people is very informative and well worth a visit. The Romas can be traced in the area of Tarnów since the 15th century. You find the exhibition in the Ethnographic Museum in an 18th century building.
Entrance is 5 Pln for adults, 3 Pln for students, and permission to take photos will cost an extra 5 Pln.
The Town Hall, in the middle of the square which got its layout in 1330 and still isn't altered, is an imposing building. It dates from the 15th century. From the beginning a Gothic style edifice but remodelled at the end of the 16th century in Renaissance style. What really strikes when looking at the Town Hall is of course the tower. Being 30 metres of hight it was added after the original building works were completed.
Entrance fee: adults 5 Pln, reduced price 3 Pln.
To climb the tower is 10 Pln extra.
The Cathedral was built in 1346 in Gothic style but what we can see today is the remnant of a renovation in the 1890s. The church is famous for its monumental tombstones of the Tarnowski and the Ostrogski families. There are also beautiful stained-glass windows.
The tower is 72 metres of hight.
The two beautiful houses on the north-eastern corner of Stary Rynek, the Main Square, dates from the 16th century. Today they hosts a part of the Tarnów District Museum (the main part being shown in a house at the south-western corner of the square).
The Town Hall is perhaps the most recognisable feature of Tarnów. Located in the middle of the Renaissance market square it naturally becomes the centre of attention once you enter the square. It was built in Gothic and rebuilt in Renaissance at the end of the 16 th c. The building itself is 18 meters high but attached to it is a 30 meter tower which you can climb. The Town Hall contains a Renaissance portal inscribed with the Leliwa crest and a Latin inscription reading, "DOMINUS CUSTODIAT INTROITUM ET EXITUM TUUM," which reads ' may God guard your entrance and exit'. Inside the Hall you'll find a modest exhibition of artifacts connected with General Bem (who incidentally is more famous in Hungary where he fought and died), some historic portraits and pieces of 18th and 19th century china.
Tarnów before the WWII had a vibrant Jewish community but the Nazi extermination put an end to it. Back in 1939 as much as 45% of people living in Tarnów were Jews. Although they are no longer part of our community there are numerous memorials to their past existence in various parts of Tarnów. In the picture you can see perhaps the most important Jewish monument - Bimah, the only thing that's left of the 17th century synagogue destroyed during WWII. More information on Jewish history and monuments in Tarnów on the official Tarnow website provided below (in English).
This museum is the oldest of its kind in Poland, founded in 1888. It's most valuable exhibits are the Gothic sculptures and paintings from the Malopolska region (south-east Poland). Another collection has lithurgical robes from as early as the Middle Ages. And if you're interested in folk paintings on glass, the vast collection includes not only Polish items but also those collected by missionaries in Europe and on other continents!
They have some pics on their website but unfortunately not all information is available in English.
The Museum is located in this old building (see picture) as well in the other ones in the tip below.
Open on weekdays 10:00-15:00 and Sun 9:00-14:00, with lunch break at 12:00-13:00. Closed on Mondays.
This monument was unveiled on 17th September 1999 year, representing the the 60th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. The monument was dedicated to the Victims of Stalinism in Tarnow.
The work was initiated and overseen by the Społeczny Komitet Budowy Pomnika Ofiar Stalinizmu. This committee was formed in Tarnow in 1997 and represented four organisations : the Association of Families of the Victims of Katyn, the Soviet persecutions, the World Association of Home Army and the Union of Political Prisoners of Stalinism. The monument is located in a square at ul. Lviv, which, since 23 April 1998, the square has been called the Victims of Stalinism Square.
This monument was unveiled on 26th November 1900.
The inhabitants celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Adam Mickiewicz, as well as the 45th anniversary of his death, when this bronze bust was located hidden between two ornamented candelabrums.
It is said that the monument survived German occupation when Germans were told it was a bust of Goethe.
Originally erected in the latter 14th century, the cathedral was renovated during the 15th century and again at the beginning of the 19th century.
During 1889 to 1891, it was reconstructed in its current Neo-Gothic style. It is an impressive structure with gorgeous vaults, Gothic style portals and a tower.
Six Renaissance monuments commemorate members of the Tarnowski family (from the 16th century) and there are monuments of the Ostrogski princes (from 1620) in its interior.
The cathedral has an impressive brass double door.
There are dozens of historical structures spread around the city. The oldest were erected in Gothic and Renaissance periods.
Included in the centre is the biggest monument of King Władysław Łokietek who, on 7 March 1330, issued a document which granted Tarnów city rights. The document was issued in recognition of services rendered.
On 15 May 2008, members of Tarnów City Council passed a resolution to erect the statue with funding coming from the Chamber of Commerce in Tarnów, TK Development and the Local Government of Tarnów. The statue was unveiled on 2 July 2009.
It is believed that touching the King’s shoe with your right hand brings good luck and makes dreams come true.
This cobbled and paved market square, is recognised as being one of the most beautiful market squares in Poland, due to it being surrounded by Renaissance period houses and arched buildings.
To be continued.....
Adam Mickiewicz (24.12.1798-26.11.1855) was a Polish poet, activist and political journalist
His style of poetry was likened to that of Byron and Goethe. During Nazi occupation, his statue remained undamaged, as locals claimed it was in fact a statue of Goethe!
Tadeusz Błotnicki, a Kracow sculptor created the monument, it was unveiled on the 26th November 1900. The monument was commissioned by the citizens of Tarnow to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of his birth, and the 45th anniversary of his death.
It didn't take too long to realise that Tarnow wasn't lacking in statues and monuments (not to mention plaques). This one is in honour of King Wladislaw, who ruled Poland between 1320 and 1333. He was famed for re-uniting Poland, and improving the economy of his country. He had the unflattering nicknames of Wladislaw the Elbow High (or Wladislaw the Short)
On 7th March1330, Wladislaw issued documentation , which granted Tarnow City status. The oldest copy of this can be seen in the Czartoryskich museum in Krakow, while the 2nd copy can be seen in Tarnows Regional museum.
This monument is the creation of Czesław Dźwigaj , a professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. It was unveiled on the 2nd July 2009 . As you can see, Wladislaw is a bit taller than Elbow high!!