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The CraCow DisTriCT hikes and Trips
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agles’ Nests
The Land of
Sokolica Rock, photo A. Błaszczak The church in Rudawa, photo A. Błaszczak
in the highest part of the Chain, between the oldest, early-Gothic part is used as a chancel.
Kobylańska and Będkowska Valleys. Though The central nave dates back to the 15
th
century.
you need to climb down over 100 m to the The interiors are decorated with Gothic mu-
bottom of the latter along the yellow trail, rals, Baroque altars and a painting of St. Mary
you will walk through a picturesque side from around 1450. Surrounded by old trees,
ravine, at the end of which you enter the the church is located in a beautiful spot on the
valley through the rocky Będkowska Gate verge of a steep cliff over the Rudawka. The
(Brama Będkowska). Here, turning right, picturesque complex with the wooden belfry
you can walk to Sokolica, an impressive from 1541 and the 18
th
-century mortuary are
rock wall crowned with crags. At 90 me- enclosed by a gated wall.
ters, it is the highest rock wall in the entire It is easy to get to Cracow from Rudawa:
Cracow-Częstochowa Jurassic Highland cyclists can go by train and motorists take
Chain. A figure of St. Mary was placed in
a natural niche halfway up the wall. In the
Writers and Rudawa
Middle Ages there used to be a castle at the
top of Sokolica.
In Rudawa, you can see a few houses from the
turn of the 19
th
and 20
th
century, located in the
In the summer and at weekends, you can
area of the train station. Antonina Domańska
have a meal at a small inexpensive restaurant
(1853–1917) known for writing The Story of a Yel-
opposite the rocks before continuing your low Poulaine (Historia żółtej ciżemki) lived in one
walk up the valley to see the nearby waterfall
of them. She was also a model for the character
called Szum (the Hum) and, slightly further
of the Councillor (Radczyni) in Stanisław Wyspiań-
ski’s play, The Wedding (Wesele). If you have read
on, the spring of Będkówka, the only typical
In Desert and Wilderness (W pustyni i w puszczy)
karst spring to have survived in its natural by Henryk Sienkiewicz, you can surely remember
state in the Cracow area.
its protagonist Staś Tarkowski. In the novel, Sien-
You can end this exciting day by visiting
kiewicz immortalised a small boy delivering milk
every morning in the summer of 1908, which is
another Gothic church. The parish church in
when the writer spent his holiday in Rudawa.
ru d a w a was built around 1300, and today its
30
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