Outskirts

There are a number of fascinating places to visit within a short driving (or cycling) distance of Kurozw臋ki. We suggest you plan ahead and put aside a few days to visit the whole of the local area.

We especially recommend you visit Rytwiany and its Golden Forrest Monastery (an ancient Camaldolese monastery) and its Early Baroque church.

Places to visit within 20km of Kurozw臋ki (ordered alphabetically)

BOGORIA*a village about 17km to the northeast of Kurozw臋ki, once an important local town, established in 1616. Its 17th century Baroque church is worth visiting.

GOLEJ脫W* a small village 2km to the southeast of Stasz贸w. It is located near a dozen mid-forest Karst lakes, formed by water eroding a bedrock of gypsum rock. The area is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, walking, fishing and mushroom picking. There are camping sites nearby, as well as a restaurant and a small holiday resort.

GRABKI DU呕E* a village to the West of Szyd艂贸w, 11km from Kurozw臋ki. The village boasts a Late Baroque palace built in 1742 and designed by the Italian architect F.Placidi. Built in an octagonal shape, the small 鈥榦riental鈥 palace was built by Stanis艂aw Rupniewski, a local noble who converted to Islam after several years in Turkish captivity.

KOTUSZ脫W: located 3km to the northwest of Kurozw臋ki, this small village contains one of Poland鈥檚 most important Arabian Horse stud farms as well as a charming parish church. There are several guesthouses nearby.

OLE艢NICA* The magnificent 15th century parish church stands as a reminder that this was once an influential local town.

RAK脫W*: Situated near the Ha艅cza water reservoir 12km to the northwest of Kurozw臋ki, this town was once renown throughout Europe as the home of the Socinian Rakovian Academy. The Socianians (also known as Arians or Polish Brethren) were a radical Protestant church active in Poland between 1565 and 1658. The churches of the Holy Trinity and Saint Anne, although now Catholic, bear testimony to their activity in the area.

RYTWIANY*: This village, on the banks of the Czarna River, located about 12km from Kurozw臋ki was once a centre of Sarmatian Polish culture. An important seat of the Te艅czy艅ski and Radziwi艂艂 families, their palace has now been converted into a hotel. Many of the greatest members of the family are now buried in the Church of the nearby Camaldolese monastery. The Camaldolese (who no longer inhabit the monastery buildings) are an order of monks who spend the majority of their life on hard physical labour and prayer.

STASZ脫W*: Given its town rights in 1525, it is most important town of the Powiat or local district. Within walking distance of the town鈥檚 eighteenth century town hall you will find the ancient Gothic Church of St. Bartholomew. Attached to the Church is the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, a Renaissance chapel built by the Te艅czy艅ski family in 1610. Stasz贸w鈥檚 population was largely Jewish from the 19th century until the Holocaust. The town was an important centre of Hassidic Judaism, although the synagogue was destroyed, one can still visit the Jewish cemetery and the town itself.

SZYD艁脫W* Located about 8 km from Kurozw臋ki, it is one of the few places in Poland to have retained a near-complete circle of medieval walls. Having received its town charter in 1329 from King W艂adys艂aw 艁okietek (Ladislaus the Short), the town remains an interesting example of medieval town planning. It is recommended that you visit its medieval town square, its two Gothic churches, the 16th century Baroque synagogue as well as the living quarters of its 15th century castle (the Skarbczyk). The village is now famous for its orchards, its plums orchards in particular. Most years the village holds a Plum Festival at the end of August where you can taste a huge variety of plum-based food as well as Szyd艂贸w鈥檚 famous (if not always legally produced) plum brandy (艣liwowica).


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