Stary Sącz (stah-ri sonch) is the older and smaller sister of Nowy Sącz, with a pretty, cobblestoned main square and some significant churches. The town owes its existence to 13th-century Duchess Kinga, wife of King Bolesław Wstydliwy (Bolesław the Shy), who in the 1270s founded the Convent of the Poor Clares here. After the king’s death, Kinga entered the convent, where she lived for the last 13 years of her life, becoming its first abbess.
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