Route 25: Limanowa climates
Limanowa, Mordarka (2 km) Pisarzowa (4 km) Męcina (9 km) Przyszowa (18 km) Siekierczyna (24 km) Limanowa (29,4 km)
29,4 km, 3 h, difficulty – medium
Altitude profile of the route:
Completing the proposed route will provide many impressions (scenic and cognitive) and prove that in such undulating terrain as the Limanowa area – apart from one very difficult climb – we can also take trip that will be not that much exhausting. We start at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows erected at the market square in Limanowa. We go along Matki Boskiej Bolesnej Street to the east (the corner of the market opposite to the church) and after 1,400 m we reach the Chapel of Graces, which has a very interesting history. Keeping to the main road (passing numerous bifurcations and intersections) we pass through Mordarka, Pisarzowa and Męcina. In the last two towns it is worth seeing the historic churches on the Wooden Architecture Trail. We leave the Smolnik Valley in Męcina. 600 metres behind the church, just after the firehouse, we turn right onto the bridge and start a nearly 3-kilometer, very tiring climb, which ends on national road No 28. We turn right and after a while (at school) we turn left, and for a change we cycle a very pleasant and scenic section of the road towards Przyszowa. At the bifurcation with the cross (in front of the green house), we turn right, and then after reaching the main road, turn right again, towards the church towering over Przyszowa. After the bridge at the main intersection, we turn right and cycle towards Limanowa. After reaching the green and then the blue trail, we follow the trails to the right, and gently descend along the scenic ridge, passing cemetery No 386 from World War I, sticking to the blue trail all the time, we enter Limanowa and finish the trip at the market square.
ATTRACTIONS ON THE ROUTE:
1. Basilica in Limanowa (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows) – built in 1918 on the site of earlier churches. It represents the native style in architecture, referring to Polish tradition and culture. It is distinguished by a massive, high tower and the use of stone to board external walls. In the main altar, a heel-shaped statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, greatly worshiped, transferred in the 18th century from nearby Męcina.
2. Chapel of Graces – made of brick, dating back to the 19th century. Standing in the shade of a high lime tree, which is over 300 years old.
3. Wooden church in Pisarzowa – from 1713, a log structure, oriented, with a prominent eaves over the presbytery. The latter element is widespread in the Wielkopolska Region, while in the Carpathian Mountains it can still be found in churches in the nearby Chomranice and Męcina.
4. Wooden church in Męcina – erected in the 16th century, then rebuilt and expanded several times. Precious paintings from the 17th and 18th century inside.
5. Church in Przyszowa – built in 1906 according to the design of T. Talowski. In one of the side altars, the painting of the Help of the Faithful, moved from the previous church. It was painted in the 16th century and since then it is particularly worshiped by local parishioners.
6. Cemetery at Jabłoniec in Limanowa – representative necropolis No 386. One of the most interesting cemeteries from World War I. 400 Austrian, Hungarian and Russian soldiers who were killed at the end of 1914 are buried here.