Cultural attractions

Church of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist

The wooden church from the 18th century, moved in 1947 from Zakrzów near Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, after erecting a new church there in 1922, fell into disrepair and was not used. Thanks to the efforts of Jan Kasprowicz's son-in-law - painter Władysław Jarocki and Fr. Jan Hyc-Myrmuła from Harenda, was moved to Zakopane. After a general renovation, its shape was faithfully preserved, and a tower from 1840 was placed next to it. Inside, there are three 18th-century Baroque altars brought from Książ Wielki. Pictures for them were painted by Władysław Jarocki - in the main altar the figure of St. John, the patron saint of the church, in the right Bethlehem Crib, in the left - the scene of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are clear regional accents here: in the Bethlehem Nativity Scene, the shepherds are highlanders, and the scene of the Assumption has the Podhale landscape as a background. Saturdays surround him.
In the church there is also the image of Christ the King, painted on a board by an anonymous artist, wooden figures of the Apostles, two folk wooden chapels, an unused baptismal font, transferred from the Old Church in Zakopane, and a votive gift - a model of Columbus' frigate "Santa Maria". The walls and ceiling are covered with late-Baroque polychrome from the 18th century, on the choir balcony there is St. Cecilia with angels playing music, the scene of the Coronation of the Virgin Mary above the presbytery. The polychrome was renovated and reconstructed by Władysław Jarocki.

Next to the church, there is a mausoleum and a biographical museum of Kasprowicz. The church is located on the Małopolska Wooden Architecture Trail.

Practical information:

Harenda 14 a
tel. 18 20 684 25

Jan Kasprowicz Museum

The house where Jan Kasprowicz spent the last years of his life was built in 1920 by highlander Jan Kluś-Fudala, intended as a boarding house for visiting guests. It was soon bought by an English painter who settled in Zakopane, Winnifred Cooper, from whom he bought "Harenda" Kasprowicz in 1923. As the purchase of the house was made possible by a high advance payment for the translation of English literature, Kasprowicz used to say that the house in Zakopane was given to him by "a certain Englishman, a certain Shakespeare".
Currently, there is a biographical and literary museum of Kasprowicz. By the will of Kasprowicz's widow, the museum has preserved the appearance of the house from the times of the poet's life. Visitors can see three rooms: a dining room, a lounge and a bedroom. The closed part housed the rich library of Kasprowicz, gathered by him in Lviv. After the poet's death, his wife Maria transferred the collection to Poznań, where it was completely burnt down in a fire. It is not known whether the book catalog has been preserved, but it is certain that the valuable white ravens were destroyed. In the museum you can see family memorabilia, utilitarian items of the Kasprowicz family, paintings and the remains of the book collection. On the first floor of the house there is a gallery of paintings by Władysław Jarocki, a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, arranged by the poet's daughter Anna Kasprowicz-Jarocka.
Jan Kasprowicz was connected with Podhale for several dozen years, as already in 1891 he visited Zakopane for the first time, and then he systematically came to Poronin, where he stayed at the house of the Mardułów-Gałów family. He lived in Harenda for less than three years, but despite his progressing illness, he considered that time very happy. It is also here that his poems from the series "My World" were written.

Practical information:

Harenda 12 a
tel. 18 20 684 26

Godziny otwarcia:

April 1 - October 30
Tuesday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00
Saturday, Sunday 9.30 – 15.30
November 1 - March 30
Tuesday - Sunday 10.15 - 15.15
Closed on Mondays

Ticket prices:

  • regular PLN 6
  • discount PLN 5
  • family (min. 3 people) PLN 5
  • ticket to the Painting Gallery PLN 2