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  The Tarnow Cathedral
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The origins of this cathedral are in the middle of the 14th century but it acquired its neo-Gothic external look at the end of the 19th century.

It has a few exceptional features inside, among them one of the few preserved examples of the Piast vaulted ceiling consisting of 7 sections - a rarity and a real treasure to the history of Polish architecture!

The cathedral is also famous for the Renaissance tombstones of Tarnow's most renowned citizens, mainly the aristocrat families whose names have their place in Poland's history. Among them is that of Jan Tarnowski (the Crown's Great Hetman who died in 1561), considered to be the most monumental tombstone in Europe - hight 13.8m (45 ft), width 5.6m (18ft). It is really impressive! In turn, the tombstone of Barbara Tarnowska is said to have the most beautiful Renaissance sculpture of a woman.

Beacause of this artistic value and the general role in Polish Catholicism, the Tarnow Cathedral is enjoying the title of Basilica Minor.

Directions: Katedralny Sq., next to the Market Sq.

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  • Updated May 3, 2004
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