Zalipie Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 67 photos

If it doesn't move - Paint It

This tiny village is known for houses with flowers painted on their walls. There are 20 such houses in Zalipie, with many more in the surrounding region.

The custom started at the end of the 19th century and the best known painter was Felicja Curylowa who lived from 1904 to 1974. Her farm in the village is now a museum.

The women of Zalipie have painted their houses inside and out with floral designs, and in addition, colourful paper flowers and straw spiders hang from the ceilings.

They've also painted flowers on stoves, coffee pots, plates, aprons, tablecloths, cabinets, windows, fences, chicken coops, barns, privies, tarpaulins, and dog kennels.

They paint wreaths on the ceiling, garlands on the beams, floral swags under holy pictures. They have even painted blossoms on the town fire truck.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A unique tradition still flourishing in the 21st Century
  • Cons:Not easy to get to - but well worth the effort
  • In a nutshell:Charm and Tradition by the Bucketload (decorated of course!)
  • Last visit to Zalipie: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated May 22, 2003
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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Lovely page about a cute village! Have been there yesterday :)))

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2005 at 1:37 PM

    Have heard of Zalipie of course, but never been there. Thanks for bringing it closer to the rest of the world.

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2004 at 1:33 PM

    So rare to find such a traditional little town these days! Very nice pictures of all the flower paintings!

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2004 at 1:00 PM

    Another great page with most beautiful photos. Thanks !

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2004 at 7:50 AM

    I've just found this wonderful page again. Wish I had remembered where the town was when I was in Poland in Oct. Won't miss it next time. Thanks!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2003 at 11:56 PM

    Zalipie sounds absolutely Fantastic! The people seem so friendly! Beautiful Page!

  • misakitaguchi's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2003 at 5:40 AM

    Now I am interested in Europe culture a lot. Thanks !

  • Mandy23's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2003 at 4:54 AM

    Nice page and good photos! Have never heard of it before ;)

  • KennetRose's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2002 at 11:52 PM

    What a lovely place! So nicely presented, too. Zalipie is definitely on my agenda now. Well done.

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2002 at 10:36 AM

    Wish I'd visited Zalipie last time I was in Tarnow ...


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