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Mini guide part 5

It is worth seeing
A mini guide to Jarosław

Walking through the park in the eastern direction you will pass (on your left hand side) the Neo-Baroque "Star" building constructed at the beginning of the 20th century and whose construction was ordered by the Handicraft Socio-Cultural Association. Further on, the road will lead to the navigable river San, which used to play a very important role in the life of the city. Since a trip to the San bank would take too much time, we will rather take the stairs up to Przemyska Street in the vicinity of the spot, where Lwowska Gate also known as Przemyska Gate was once located.

Strolling along Przemyska Street, we will pass Franciszkańska Street whose name stems from the church and monastery of the Franciscans, which stood there until the dissolution of the order and we will soon arrive at Sobieskiego Street (formerly Zamkowa Street). At the extremity of this street, there is a Greek-Catholic church placed under the invocation of the Lord's Transfiguration, which has now been elevated to the status concathedral.

This orthodox church (first half of the 18th century), founded by Eliasz Wapiński the prefect of Jarosław and his wife Pelagia, was located in the area of the former upper castle of the city owners. We should add that the founders' portraits are exhibited in the Museum. They were also the owners of the burgher house, which houses the Tourist Path. The church was reconstructed at the beginning of the 20th century and has in its lateral altar a miraculous 17th century icon depicting the Mother of God - the Gates of Compassion.

As already mentioned in the place, where the church is located today, stood, maybe already from the second half of the 16th century, the castle of the owners of Jarosław. It the beginning, it was built in Gothic style but in the last quarter of the 16th century it was rebuilt and turned into an elegant Renaissance residence often compared to the Wawel. The castle captivated the attention of contemporary inhabitants thanks to its beauty.

From the castle hill, at the foot of which there used to be a zoological garden, stretched a beautiful view on the lower castle and the San valley.

Walking along the edge of the escarpment to the North, you will arrive to a viewpoint from where you can marvel at the wonderful sight of Podzamcze, the San valley and St Nicolas hill - the mount where the early medieval town of Jarosław was originally located and were later stood the abbey of the Benedictine Sisters of Immaculate Conception.

Krystyna Kieferling, Zofia Kostka-Bieńkowska