Tarnow

St. Martin's Church

  ul. Zawada 47      (+48) 14 679 55 05     22 May 2019

One of three wooden churches in the immediate area of Tarnów, St. Martin's stands atop the hill of the same name overlooking the city, not far from the ruins of Tarnowski Castle. It was here that Tarnów's first Catholic parish was established way back in the 12th century, with the spot allegedly chosen specifically to stamp out the paganism of the local Slavs who worshipped at this site. The present Gothic structure dates back to the 1400s and is still in use by the local community, along with its cemetery. The interiors date from the 16-18th centuries and include two wooden bas-reliefs from the early 1500s assumed to be by Stanisław Stwosz - son of the famous sculptor Wit Stwosz (Veit Stoss). Another curiousity is a wooden chain and padlock attached to a beam between the nave and the chancel, which legend says was carved from a single piece of wood by a blind man, and later inspired a poem by Wincenty Pol. Honestly, there are so many legends and origin myths attached to this place, it's hard to parse, but St. Martin's is undoubtedly a place of ancient mystique and intrigue. To get there from the centre, take a cab for about 15zł (call +48 601 519 919), or catch bus 31, getting off at 'Góra Św. Marcina' 10mins later. Find it by heading east down ul. Wypoczynkowa towards the tall TV tower which stands only metres away from the church.

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