Jurgów

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Jurgów
Wooden barns
Wooden barns
Jurgów is located in Poland
Jurgów
Jurgów
Coordinates: 49°21′N 20°8′E / 49.350°N 20.133°E / 49.350; 20.133
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lesser Poland
County Tatra County
Gmina Gmina Bukowina Tatrzańska
Area
 • Total 7.68 km2 (2.97 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 903
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 34-532
Area code(s) +48 18
Car plates KTT
Website http://www.jurgow.pl

Jurgów [ˈjurɡuf] (Hungarian: Szepesgyörke, Slovak: Jurgov, German: Jurkau or Joerg) is a small village (c. 900 inhabitants) in the Spisz region of southern Poland, near the border with Slovakia and the town of Bukowina Tatrzańska, on the Białka river. It used to be a part of Slovakia. It lies approximately 2 kilometres (1 mi) east of Bukowina Tatrzańska, 15 km (9 mi) north-east of Zakopane, and 81 km (50 mi) south of the regional capital Kraków.

Sights and attractions[edit]

  • The beautiful and historic St Sebastian wooden church from about 1670. It is made completely of wood, and is still in use today. The church has twice been rebuilt: first in 1811 and again in 1869. It is surrounded by large, very old trees. The walls and roof of the church are faced with wooden shingles, and it has a Rococo-style interior, including many carved figures of angels, saints, etc.
  • A group of shepherds' huts in the "Podokólne" clearing. Grazing cows and sheep was a primary occupation of Jurgów's villagers, who owned a lot of pastureland in the Tatra mountains where they grazed their flocks, and had many shepherd's huts. After they lost their pastures in the Tatras, they moved their various structures down from the mountains and assembled them in a nearby clearing. They use these to shelter their cows and sheep from spring through autumn. Some people also stay there for a time during the same period.
  • An old water-powered sawmill, which is still in use today.
  • Soltys's croft, which is currently a part of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane.

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Coordinates: 49°21′N 20°08′E / 49.350°N 20.133°E / 49.350; 20.133