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Jurgow

Jurgow

Jurgów is a small village (around 900 inhabitants) in the Spisz region of southern Poland, near the border with Slovakia and the town of Bukowina Tatrzańska, on the Białka river. It used to be a part of Slovakia.

Sights and attractions

  • For example the beautiful and historic St. Sebastian wooden church from about 1670. It is made completely of wood, and is still in use today. The church has been rebuilt twice: first in 1811 and again in 1869. It is surrounded by large, very old trees. The walls and roof of the church are faced with wooden shingles, and it has a Rococo-style interior, including many carved figures of angels, saints, etc.

 

  • A group of shepherds' huts in the "Podokólne" clearing. Grazing cows and sheeps were a primary occupation of Jurgów's villagers, who owned a lot of pastureland in the Tatra mountains where they grazed their flocks, and had many shepherd's huts. After they lost their pastures in the Tatras, they moved their various structures down from the mountains and assembled them in a nearby clearing. They use these to shelter their cows and sheep from spring through autumn.
  • An old water-powered sawmill, which is still in use today.
  • Sołtys's croft, which is currently a part of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane.