Route 22: Following the battles of World War I
Żegocina, Laskowa (15 km) Łososina Górna (21 km) Kamionna (37 km) Trzciana (44 km) Łąkta Górna (47,5 km) Rajbrot (54 km) Żegocina (58,4 km)
58,4 km, 7 h, difficulty – medium
Altitude profile of the route:
We invite you to a trip during which we will visit several cemeteries from the World War I. The south-east areas of the Małopolska region were the place of many heavy fighting, of which cemeteries are a sad reminder. We start from the centre of Żegociny, driving south by road No 965. In Rozdziel we turn left, then after 1800 m, having passed the church, again left and then finally right. We cycle up 1100 m and turn right onto the blue bike trail. We go straight to the chapel and cemetery No 357. We return to the route and go down to the asphalt road, we turn right and, passing by the church in Kamionka Mała, we reach the main road. We turn right, cross Laskowa (manor) and turn left onto the main road. We enter Łososina Górna, pass the church and turn right to Pasierbiec. We pass the church and then, 500 m further, we turn left next to the community room. We take the scenic road, form where, in good weather, we can see the Tatras. We turn right at the intersection with the main road. In Nowe Rybie we pass by the church and in front of the school we turn right to Kamionna, where we turn right (to Żegocina) heading at a wooden church. We turn back and go right at the intersection. After 3 km, having crossed the bridge, we turn left and on the main road we also go left following the black bike trail that leads to the chapel and the spring. We return along the trail to the intersection and turn left to Trzciana. We turn right, pass the church and head towards Łąkta Górna. There are several war cemeteries on the hills on the left. We turn right on the main road and having passed the church, we turn left. At the end of the asphalt road we turn left onto the dirt road, which takes us to the asphalt road, where we turn right to Rajbrot (700 m to the left, there is another cemetery). After the church we turn right and, after 5 km, we turn left to Żegociny, where we finish the trip.
ATTRACTIONS ON THE ROUTE:
1. Wooden church in Rozdziele – with a log structure, built in Królówka near Nowy Wiśnicz at the end of the 15th century.
2. World War I cemeteries – numerous military cemeteries remind us of the bloody battles fought in Western Galicia at the turn of 1914 and 1915 between the Russian army and the Imperial Royal Austrian army. Often located in the place of battle, they are the burial place of soldiers of many nationalities: Poles, Austrians, Germans, Russians, Hungarians and others. Some of them are of outstanding artistic value, e.g. cemetery No 357 with a wooden chapel.
3. Wooden church in Kamionka Mała – built in the end of the 18th century. Interior from the 18th-19th century. In the main altar, the Baroque sculpture of St Catherine of Alexandria – patron of the church.
4. Manor in Laskowa – built in 1677, with a log structure, mansard roof made of shingles. Originally the seat of the noble Laskowski family, then a monastery, it has regained its lay character in the 18th century.
5. Wooden church in Łososina Górna – during construction in 1778 fragments of the previous, late-Gothic temple were used. Polychromy from the 19th century. Mainly rococo interior from the 18th century. Gothic stone font from the 15th century.
6. Church in Kamionna – a small three-nave wooden temple from 1934 with a skeleton structure. Its shape refers to old religious architecture.
7. Chapel and spring in Ujazd – according to legend, the spring spurted out thanks to Saint Princess Kinga, who was once passing on a hot day along the nearby Hungarian route. A stone chapel next to the spring.
8. The church in Trzciana – comes from before 1556, owes its eclectic style to subsequent extensions. Baroque altars, a stone baptismal font from 1497 and a Renaissance sacristy portal from the 16th century have been preserved.
9. Wooden church in Rajbrot from 1511. Single nave, log structure, covered with shingles. Inside, an early Baroque altar from the 17th century, late Gothic carpentry details and a wooden Gothic pulpit. Next to it there is a belfry with a pole structure from the end of the 18th century.