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Tarnów - aristocratic family Tarnowscy end prince Sanguszko
By Pogranicze Media
Published: 20.02.2013





    Throughout the centuries, Tarnów has served as a haven for a variety of people: Jews, Germans, Ukrainians, Scotsmen, Austrians,  Czechs and a multitude of other. Each nationality and culture has left its own unique mark on Tarnów, evident in architecture and traditions. The sites of the city can be viewed by several different routes. For example one can visit all of the Renaissance structures one day, and then experience the visible legacy of the independence fighter and the Polish-Hungarian alliance. Yet another tour route is along the structural remains of Jewish life and culture, which stands as a testament of a thriving Jewish community once living in Tarnów. One can visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and also reflect at the Jewish cemetery, which commemorates the deaths of thousands of Jewish people in WWII with a large stone monument.
   In the older area of Tarnów, there are incredible examples of high art that adorn the churches and the Cathedral, including the ornate  monuments of the Tarnowski and Ostrogski families. In the area near the Cathedral you will notice the Diocesan Museum, which houses a priceless collection of ecclesiastic art, and the Renaissance town hall and tenement houses in the Market Dquare. And last but not least, a visit to the Ethnography Museum and its exhibitions on the history and culture of the Gypsies, the only permanent exhibition of that kind in Europe.
   Take an evening stroll in the burnt orange glow of setting sun and experience Tarnów at its best. The iron street lamps patiently await their time of illumination as they  have every day for centuries, while classical music spills out onto the cobblestone street from the open doors of concert halls. You wander into a dimly lit café, instantly engulfed by the rich smell of kielbasa grilled with onions, and you take a seat at an open table. After drinking a goblet of Hungarian wine, continuously flowing here since before anyone can remember, you exit the café and are amazed by the fantastical site of illuminated towers, tenement houses, turrets, and  battlements. You take a deep breath, inhaling the bitter mountain breeze that injects a forgotten life into your thirsty veins, and you suddenly realize that you have fallen in love with this city.



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