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The trail of architecture

Every year there are less end less examples of old, traditional architecture. Most of them just passes with time and only some of are still present, protected by conservators, or change their function, which rescues them from collapsing, but often changes them in a bad way. read more

Apart from sacral architecture, also some secular objects survived in Małopolska region. Many of them are valuable cultural monuments connected with history and economy of this land. The biggest among them are castles and manors. Each of them is not only a fragment of our past - often tremendous and complicated, but also an object connected with the history of families, whose members often seriously influenced historical events, especially the local ones. A good example may be the fortress in Tropsztyn at Dunajec river, in this place captured in the shape of a basin. It was the seat of knights, or rather robbers. It is also connected with many great families and the exotic story about the treasure of Inca princess. Another example is the manor of sołtys Moniak family in Zubrzyca Górna in Orawa, the family nest of farm gentry, who acquired a crest during war and religious fights. The tremendous history of Małopolska region is also proved by fortified manors, like the ones in Wysoka or in Jordanów, or the renaissance building in Jeżów, at the way to Grybów.

Another aspect of the trail is the architecture of Małopolska's villages. Its former shape, changed by economical and social developments, has survived thanks to ethnographic parks. In the ethnographic parks park you can see authentic objects, transferred in their original shape, for whom there is no place in contemporary reality. Moreover, there are buildings that ceased to exist, reconstructed on the basis of documentation and photos. Farms, single cottages, sheds, chalets, wind mills, mills, and foluszes accompany temples and small sacral architecture, creating unique atmosphere of past years. Traditional interiors present daily work and festivals. Also presentations and workshops take place here, connected mostly with traditional handmade objects and folk art, ceremonies' presentations and performances of regional groups.

A few fragments of traditional architecture have survived until today in their natural environment, who still serve like they did in the past. This is the case of Podhale's village called Chochołów, built up with fir logs cottages and of cult bell towers scattered in Podhale and Orawa.

Yet another type of architecture is represented by the buildings in Małopolska's spa resorts, like Krynica or Szczawnica. They once attracted both guests from Poland and abroad, and the artistic bohemia.

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