Jurgow Off The Beaten Path Tips by evaanna
Jurgow Off The Beaten Path: 6 reviews and 24 photos
Czarna Gora, which neighbours Jurgow in Polish Spisz, dates back to the turn of the 16th-17th centuries. In the northern part of it lies a now listed farm once owned by the affluent Korkosz family. The farm, consisting of a cottage and a few outbuildings, was built and extended between the end of the 19th century and the 40s of the 20th century, when the family moved to Slovakia, abandoning their farm. In 1980 they donated it to the State with the provision that a museum should be opened there. It is now part of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane and houses an ethnographic exhibition presenting the everyday life of a rich peasant family in Spisz in the period between the two World Wars.
The buildings were closed on the day we visited the place so we couldn't go inside, but the interiors are said to be very interesting. Apart from the traditional furnishings, kitchen utensils, a loom and tools for carpenting and flax processing, which were mostly acquired locally, some sculptures and photographs of this artistically talented family are also on display there. In the cart-house you can see a cart and an interesting wooden device for lifting the cottage when the ground beam or the base were being changed or when the cellar was being added.
Open: Wed. - Sun. 10.00-14.00
Admission: 6 zl; concessions - 4.50 zl
Address: Czarna Gora, Zagora 86
Shrine at the top of the hill
Situated at a height of 900 to over 1000 m a.s.l., Rzepiska lies on a few hills which offer a great view of the Tatras and the neighbouring villages. It is a beautiful area with very few tourists and friendly villagers, good for those who enjoy peaceful surroundings but rather hard to reach without your own transport.
The village has two churches - a wooden one and a brick one and two interesting roadside shrines. The bells inside them are supposed to guard the village against thunder, but the one at the top of the hill, dating back to 1928, was actually the site of the tragic death of a local man who, in 1967, went there during a thunderstorm to ring the bell and was struck by lightning. The cross at the shrine commemorates his tragic death.
Pastureland at the foot of the Tatras
The road from Jurgów to Rzepiska commands a great view of the Tatras. As there is very little traffic there, you can stop the car and admire the panorama with fields and pastures close by and the magnificent mountains in the distance. Choose a day with good visibility - we didn't have much luck there but, even so, the scenery was stunning.
Church interior, Trybsz
Trybsz is a village to the north of Jurgow boasting a wonderful wooden church, dating back to 1567. Unfortunately, the church tower and sachristy were dismantled in 1924 after a new brick church was built nearby but the remaining part was preserved and later restored.
The first time we went there I had not even peeped inside and was just reading the information by the open door when a man appeared from the new church next door. I thought he was going to give us a tour or just to let us in as we were obviously tourists but he just locked the door in our faces and ran off, although, according to the notice, it was still far from closing time.
So we had to drive there again but it was well worth it. We could only look inside through the open door but we found the interior simply stunning if not in too good condition. The beautiful polychromes, whose author is unknown, cover all the walls and ceiling and were laid out by the parish priest Jan Ratulowski of Frydman in 1647. They represent a number of saints and scenes from the Bible. The most interesting of them is the polychrome on the ceiling representing the scene of Assumption against the background of the panorama of the Tatras and the hills of Spisz, with the castles at Czorsztyn and Niedzica and the Dunajec River meandering between them. It is the earliest preserved panorama of the Tatras. Unfortunately, we could only see and photograph the polychromes visible from the doorway as entrance is forbidden.
Some of the polychromes are missing, having been moved to the new church, like the one representing St Elisabeth of Hungary handing alms to a beggar, which used to be a part of the triptych in the main altar of the wooden church. So next time we are there we will go inside the 'new' church as well.
Scenery on the rafting trip
You can combine your trip to Niedzica Castle with a rafting trip on the Dunajec from Sromowce. You will find a detailed description of the trip together with some practical instructions on my Niedzica page.
If you stay at Jurgow, it would be unpardonable to miss these two medieval castles north east of Jurgow on the Dunajec River. You can read more about them on my Niedzica page.
Unfortunately, you can only get to them by bus, changing buses at Nowy Targ, I think. Of course it would be ideal if you had your own transport. Then you could visit also some other interesting villages in the area with some great old wooden churches.
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