Old Church and Pęksowy Brzyzek National Cemetery in Zakopane
Photos of Old Church in Zakopane
When in Zakopane, be sure to visit the old church on Koscieliska Street. This beautiful old church was built in 1851 and includes wooden sculptures and the Stations of the Cross painted on glass. Alongside the church is an old cemetery known as Peksowy Brzyszek, 'Peksa's brook' after the small stream that runs beside the cemetery. The cemetery is the resting place for a number of prominent Poles from the Zakopane area, a few of which are featured on this page.
The Pęksowy Brzyzek national cemetery of Zakopane contains the grave of Polish resistance member Helena Marusarzówna. She was active in the resistance from October 1939 as a secret courier. She was arrested in March 1940 and eventually shot on September 12,1941 by the Germans.
Stanisław Marusarz won a silver medal in ski jumping at the 1938 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti — the first Pole ever to earn a medal in the championships. He also finished sixth in the individual nordic combined event at the 1933 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Innsbruck. After the German attack on Poland in 1939, he joined the AK and fought for Poland's independence until 1940, when he was captured and sentenced to death. However, Marusarz successfully escaped from a German prison and fled to Hungary, where he stayed until the end of the war.
In 1966, he was the author of a very memorable moment for Polish supporters when organizers of the Four Hills Tournament asked him to make a show jump. Marusarz jumped 66 m at 53 years of age.
Pęksowy Brzyzek National Cemetery in Zakopane
RIP: Helena Marusarzówna / Irena and Stanisław Marusarz
Monument Honoring Local Members of the Polish Resistance:
The Polish resistance movement in World War II, with the Home Army at its forefront, was the largest underground resistance in all of Nazi-occupied Europe, covering both German and Soviet zones of occupation. The Polish defence against the Nazi occupation was an important part of the European anti-fascist resistance movement. It is most notable for disrupting German supply lines to the Eastern Front, providing military intelligence to the British, and for saving more Jewish lives in the Holocaust than any other Allied organization or government. It was a part of the Polish Underground State.
Sabała (1809-1894) is one of the most fascinating personalities of the Podhale region known not only in Poland, but in Hungary and Slovakia as well. His real name was Jan Krzeptowski, but he was commonly known as Sabała. Others also called him Sablik and Czakor. Though Sabała was illiterate, he became part of the Polish culture thanks to his unrivalled gift for telling stories, which were later popularized by such famous Polish men of letters as Stanislaw Witkiewicz and Henryk Sienkiewicz. The latter even referred to him as ''Homer of the Tatra Mountains.'' Sabała's highlander tales were usually accompanied by music played on ''złobcoki'' (the regional musical instrument). These tunes, called ''Sabałowe nuty'' (the Sabała notes), have become part of the highlander culture and are performed by the traditional highlander bands nowadays. However, his music, though perfectly reflecting Sabała's mood, was only an addition to the stories. They were of the utmost importance and they made him renowned as an unmatched story-teller of tales full of humour and imagination. The themes were usually picked up while walking to Orava, Liptov and Hungary. Then, upon coming back, Sabała spin his tales about the mountain ghosts, the bears, sleeping knights, etc.
Legendary Story-Teller: Sabała
(i.e. anything he saw or he could imagine) while sitting by the bonfire. All his stories had something in common – the tradition and the folk wisdom of the highlanders. His company was sought for, especially by artists and intelligentsia of his times, who wanted either to record his tales in writing or to listen attentively to the notes he played. However, not all the people marvelled at Sabała's gift, as they regarded him as a rowdy, trouble-maker who should have rather devoted himself to his family.
For his merits, Sabała was buried in Peksowy Brzyzek Cemetery in Zakopane, whereas a monument dedicated to him and Chalubinski, was erected in the centre of the city. His family house can still be seen at 8c Krzeptowki Street.
Among the most distinguished figures to be found here is Stanisław Witkiewicz,
the father of the Zakopane style of architecture.
Stanisław Witkiewicz With Son
Modern example of the Witkiewicz
style of architecture; also known as the Zakopane style