Poor Clares church and convent in Stary Sącz

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Stary Sącz, pl. św. Kingi 1

The symbol of Stary Sącz is the Poor Clares convent, whose picturesque, fortified complex stands at the edge of the old town, above the scarp of the Poprad Valley. The Poor Clares came here thanks to Duchess Kinga, wife of Duke Bolesław V the Chaste from Kraków. After her husband’s death, in 1280 Duchess founded the Poor Clares convent in Stary Sącz, joined their order and remained in Stary Sącz until her death. The convent she founded has survived until today and is the pride of the town, with its austere defensive walls, buildings of the order and the Gothic temple with decorative, Baroque peaks towering over the city.

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