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Following the Carpathian Mountains Explorers - Seweryn Goszczyński

The route is made of four laps; each lap is dedicated to one explorer. In the first lap we are following Seweryn Goszczyński, in the second – Wincenty Pol, third – Walery Eliasz Radzikowski, fourth – Bogusz Zygmunt Stęczyński. read more

The route is made of four laps; each lap is dedicated to one explorer. In the first lap we are following Seweryn Goszczyński, in the second – Wincenty Pol, third – Walery Eliasz Radzikowski, fourth – Bogusz Zygmunt Stęczyński.

Seweryn Goszczyński

The route following Seweryn Goszczyński leads along the old trade route in the Dunajec River Valley from Stary Sącz to Łopuszna. At present, a voivodeship road no. 969 leads through the villages visited and described by Goszczyński, communicating Nowy Targ and Stary Sącz.

Biography note

Seweryn Goszczyński was born on November 4, 1801, in Ilińce near Humań; he died on February 25, 1876 in Lvov. The writer and poet, coming from a modest family, is considered to be a representative of the so-called “Ukrainian school” of the Polish romanticism. He was interested in the world and had a bit rowdy, typical for romantics, nature, which is visible in his travel to Warsaw and his conspiracy activity there, and next, when he was as young as twenty and learnt about the outbreak of uprising in Greece, he travelled by foot to Ukraine with the goal to reach Greece through Odessa and support the upraising. However, he didn’t reach his goal due to quite prosaic reasons - he ran out of money for further travel. He stayed in Ukraine where he belonged to conspiracy movement until about 1830. Next, he left to Warsaw, where he engaged in the November Uprising, participating among others in the attack at Belweder and in the battle at Stoczek. When the uprising army surrendered, he travelled to Prussia, next, he settled in Greece. In 1832, Goszczyński travelled to Podhale, which inspired his “Diary from the Travel to the Tatra Mountains” (pl. Dziennik podróży do Tatrów). The Sobótka poem’s theme is also mountains. In 1838, he emigrated to France, where he suffered severe poverty. He managed to return to his homeland thanks to the aid of several friends only a few years before his death. He was buried on the Łyczakowski cemetery in Lvov.

The route, (together with short descriptions and quotes from Goszczyński’s works): Stary Sącz – Krościenko nad Dunajcem – Czorsztyn – Łopuszna.


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