Zakopane, Zakopane style villas

Zakopane, Zakopane style villas

Wooden Tatra villas built in the Zakopane style are pearls of architecture. They owe their form to Stanisław Witkiewicz, a painter, a writer and an architect, who, fascinated by highland art, creatively transformed the elements of traditional architecture and adornment, bringing to life the style that today is admired by many. Houses erected in accordance with the aesthetic qualities devised by Witkiewicz are set on high, square stone underpinning and have steep, shingled roofs. Their distinctive features include huge verandas, attics covered with separate roofs and beautiful, opulent wood carving decoration. The first villa erected in accordance with the Zakopane style, the Koliba villa from 1892, presently houses the Museum of Zakopane Style. Other beautiful examples of this style include the Pod Jedlami villa (on Koziniec) and Witkiewiczówka villa (the road towards Antałówka 6).

Museum of Zakopane Style in the Koliba villa, ul. Kościeliska 18, Zakopane, phone: +48 18 201 3602; opening hours: Wed–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 9am–3pm; tickets: 7 PLN, concessions 5.5 PLN.

Another example of Zakopane style is the beautiful chapel on Jaszczurówka dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Erected in the years 1904–08 following Witkiewicz’s design, it is marked by a high, granite underpinning and a soaring silhouette. The shingled gable roof with a characteristic, lofty tower features “rising sun” decorative motifs on the top. The unusually simple interior delights with its rich wood carving decoration. The stained-glass windows of the chancel were made in accordance with Witkiewicz's design, while the wood-carved main altar is stylised to resemble the fronts of highland cottages, also in accordance with Witkiewicz's will.

Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Jaszczurówka, phone: +48 18 206 1061, Zakopane; opening hours: daily 10am until dusk, except for mass time (5pm). The basement features a gallery of paintings on glass; opening hours: Jul–Sept.

Other local attractions
Gubałówka mountain, which you can reach by funicular rail, is an ideal vantage point for views of Zakopane with a breathtaking panorama of the Tatras
Morskie Oko – the most beautiful mountain lake, which you can easily reach by following an asphalt road. You will also find the oldest Stanisław Staszic Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society (PTTK) refuge here.
Rusinowa Polana located near Jaszczurówka, where you will find a charming wooden chapel of Our Lady of Jaworzyna, the Queen of the Tatras

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