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Rudawa

  • Rudawa

    Antonina Domańska’s villa “with a turret” in Rudawa near Krakow was erected in an exclusive residential district of Rudawa in 1896. In August 1908, the villa was rented by Henryk Sienkiewicz and his wife for 500 guldens.

    Rudawa

    Antonina Domańska’s villa “with a turret” in Rudawa near Krakow was erected in an exclusive residential district of Rudawa in 1896. In August 1908, the villa was rented by Henryk Sienkiewicz and his wife for 500 guldens.

    He wrote some of his novellas there and several chapters of the novel Wiry (Whirlpool). Every morning, a local boy he liked, Staś Tarkowski, used to bring Sienkiewicz fresh milk to the villa. Later, he gave his name to the main character of W pustyni i w puszczy (In Desert and Wilderness).

    The villa with a turret was built for Professor Stanisław Domański and his wife Antonina. It was erected according to Tomasz Pryliński’s design. Antonina Domańska became famous as the author of the novel Historia żółtej ciżemki, she was also a model for the character of Radczyni in Wyspiański’s Wesele (The Wedding).

  • Practical information

    Rudawa is located in the Zabierzów commune, over a dozen kilometres from Krakow. A little to the north of the route from Krakow to Krzeszowice. The villa with a turret is a private property. It is situated at the intersection of the Sienkiewicza and Domańskiej streets. It is currently under renovation. The building is closed to visitors.

    Practical information

    Rudawa is located in the Zabierzów commune, over a dozen kilometres from Krakow. A little to the north of the route from Krakow to Krzeszowice. The villa with a turret is a private property. It is situated at the intersection of the Sienkiewicza and Domańskiej streets. It is currently under renovation. The building is closed to visitors. In Rudawa, tourists may see the church in the centre. In search of literary themes, one may also go to the cemetery, where Stanisław Tarkowski is buried at the end of the first alley, the name of whom was given by Sienkiewicz to the main character of his novel W pustyni i w puszczy (In Desert and Wilderness). In the vicinity, it is also worth seeing the picturesque valleys (including the Mnikowska and Będkowska valleys). From Rudawa, it is not a long way to Krzeszowice, i.e. the town of the poet and prose writer Stanisław Czycz, who used to live in the Gwoździec district on the outskirts of the town in the 1950s and the 1960s. The town of Krzeszowice will be included in our literary trail Okolice Krakowa (Around Krakow).