Krakow Trips

The Benadictine Abbey in Tyniec. What to see?


On the banks of the Vistula, 15 km west along the river, is the village of Tyniec.
The main attraction here is the Benedictine Abbey perched on a white limestone cliff on the edge of the village. Funded by Bolesław the Brave, it was built in the second half of the 11th c. The original Romanesque church was totally rebuilt in the 15th c. and today displays both examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture. It has long been well known for its high quality organ concerts, held at the abbey from June to August.

From the defence walls of the abbey, the Camadulensian Church and Monastery complex is visible. Once belonging to a whole chain of monasteries and castles built along the Vistula, it is now home to the ultra-ascetic Camadolese Order.