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Kościelna 14
27-215 Wąchock
Świętokrzyskie Mountains (Holy Cross Mountains)
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Opactwo Cystersów w Wąchocku, fot. Anna Drzewiecka
Opactwo Cystersów w Wąchocku, fot. Anna Drzewiecka
The town nearby Starachowice is famous not only for the jokes , but mostly for the Cistercian Order, brought in 1179 from the Abbey of Morimond in Burgundy by the bishop of Cracow Gedeon Gryfita. During the years 1218–1239, the Italian Cistercian workshop of brother Simon erected at this place a stone abbey modeled on Tuscan architecture. Until today, the primary, Roman system of a monastery complex got preserved. In later years, the monastery complex got redeveloped many times. The admirers of sacral architecture can admire: the late-Roman monastery church, following a Latin cross plan from bicolor cut stones; a monastery with perfectly preserved Roman interiors, a beautiful chapter-house, constituting an exceptional piece of art of the Cistercians in Poland. The cloisters house a grave tomb of Major Jan Piwnik „Ponury” – the legendary leader of Świętokrzyskie Zgrupowanie AK [National Army Groups of Świętokrzyskie region], and in the monastery building, next to the monastery gate, there is a Museum of the Cistercian Order, founded basing on an unique collection of souvenirs from the period of national uprisings, collected by priest lieutenant-colonel Walenty Ślusarczyk. The Cistercian Abbey complex in Wąchock is one of the most important objects of European culture paths – the Cistercian and Roman Path.