Former Synagogue

Carpathian Mountains

The Germans' almost complete destruction of Tarnów's synagogue, once the focus of spiritual life for the 25,000 Jews who lived here, is only more affecting for the incongruous survival of the four-columned brick bimah under which the Torah was read during services. It's now protected from further damage, and you can see the footings of the ill-fated building, alongside exhibitions celebrating Tarnów's Jewish community and lamenting its destruction.

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1. Town Hall

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Tarnów's arresting Gothic city hall, which draws all eyes in the Rynek, dates in its earliest parts to the 15th century. Given a later Renaissance…

2. Tarnów Regional Museum

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Two 16th-century townhouses on the central square comprise the main regional museum, largely used for rotating exhibitions. The main part of the small…

3. Tarnów Cathedral

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Tarnów's cathedral dates in part from the 14th century, but was remodelled at the end of the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. The interior shelters…

4. Diocesan Museum

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Housed in a handsome 16th-century tenement behind Tarnów Cathedral, this well-curated museum dates to 1888, and now comprises five distinct rooms: a…

5. Church of Our Lady

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The shingled Church of Our Lady, built by peasants in the mid-15th century, has charming folk decorations inside and a fine rococo high altar. Note the…

6. Ethnographic Museum

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This branch of the city’s regional museum has Europe’s only permanent collection relating to Roma culture. In the backyard there's an open-air exhibition…

7. Jewish Cemetery


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8. Church of the Holy Trinity


About 1km south of the Rynek, along ul Tuchowska, lies the weathered timber Church of the Holy Trinity, built from 1597. It has a naive, charming rustic…