Little and Maków Beskids
In addition, the wooden church of St Joachim in Skawinki, the Shrine of Our Lady the Queen of Families in Maków Podhalański, the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the church on Stradom in Myślenice, are all also worth attention. In this area you can also visit the church of the Holy Trinity in Jordanów and the Shrine of Our Lady of Inwałd.
There are many more sacred monuments. The church of St Erasmus in Barwałd Dolny, as well as the church and monastery complex in Sucha Beskidzka are also noteworthy. The first church in this place was built in 1614 by the owner of the settlement, Piotr Komorowski. He did this after being miraculously healed from his eye disease.
In the Little Beskids there is also the Mountain of John Paul II (formerly Jaworzyna, 886 metres asl) located in the eastern part of the range. Under the peak of the mountain you will find the chapel of Our Lady, Queen of the Mountains erected as a gift of tourists for the Holy Father John Paul II. A steel cross dedicated to “people of the mountains” and a statue of John Paul II were placed next to the chapel.
Being in the area it is worth visiting the charming Lanckorona, once a favourite resting place of Krakow artists. Today, the old charm has been preserved by the unique wooden buildings and the church of John the Baptist from the 14th century. Particularly noteworthy is the market square, around which the most interesting architectural buildings as well as the ruins of the castle from the time of Casimir the Great are towering over the village. Wooden buildings can also be admired in Maków Podhalański, where houses from the first half of the 19th century have survived.
Sucha Beskidzka also has its unique atmosphere, resulting from, among others, the Renaissance Komorowski castle, often called the “Little Wawel” (due to the similarity of the arcaded courtyards in both buildings). Currently, it houses the Municipal Museum of Sucha Beskidzka, the Municipal Culture Centre with the “ZAMEK” Art Gallery, the College of Tourism and Ecology, and the "KASPER SUSKI" Hotel and Restaurant, among others. A well-known attraction of the area is the “Rzym” inn - a tavern located in the original inn building from the 18th century, where tasty, traditional dishes are served.
Being in Myślenice, you can't miss the Greek House, the Lower Town Manor, a water-powered grist mill, a castle and you have to take a walk on the historic market square. It is worth knowing that in Tokarnia there is a manor house with a historic fire engine. In Jordanów, you can walk on the charming market square, where you will find the biggest attraction and at the same time an excellent showcase of the entire Jordanów commune – the Town Hall. This one-story building was built in 1911. It originally had wooden finishes, but after a thorough renovation its external appearance was changed. A few minutes’ walk from the market, you can admire the magnificent Oak of Freedom in the Planty Szubertowskie park. It was planted based on the resolution of the Town Council on 21 May 1919 to commemorate Poland regaining independence.
When traveling around Little and Maków Beskids, remember to visit the Classicist Bobrowski Palace in Andrychów. The palace, next to the parish church, is one of the oldest buildings in the town. The palace and park complex is located in the very centre of Andrychów. It is made up of a three-wing, one-story, partially cellar palace, facing the Krakowska street, and a spacious park with a large pond on the south-eastern side.
One of the most interesting monuments in the area is the manor in Stryszów, built in the 16th century by the then owner of Stryszów, Adam Suski, as a defensive manor. In the first half of the 18th century it was destroyed by fire, and after the reconstruction its character changed - the manor was given it the characteristics of a country house. In the 1950s it was handed over to the Wawel Museum and today it serves as a museum, being branch of the Wawel Royal Castle.