Fara Church of Saints Wojciech and Stanisław in Rzeszów | Fara Church of Saints Wojciech and Stanisław in Rzeszów |
Located close to main pedestrian street the Fara Church belongs to the oldest and the most important sanctuaries in Rzeszów and in the area.

At first, in the place where the present church built in 15th c. stands, there was a simple parish church built in 1354. This is a significant historical date, that year the king Kazimierz III Wielki gave Rzeszów to the knight and diplomat Jan Pakosławic from Stróżyska. The church which stands here today was on fire many times due to Tatars, Turkish, Volochs recurring sieges, therefore it was changing its form throughout centuries. From gothic period only the entry to sacristy remained to present day. The interior is characterized as Baroque and Régence styles. The main altar was built in 1730 and hold the oil painting ‘Crucifixion’ signed by unrecognized, probably Austrian painter J. Schonbrun. The 16th c. owners of Rzeszów are buried in the chancel. Their crypt is the only in Poland known knights’ tomb with busts from 16th and 17th c. It was founded by Mikołaj Spytek Ligęza and his wife Elżbieta Komarnicka and made in Santi Gucci’s student’s workshop. The interior is also rich in side altars. Some of these altars were regularly financed by guilds of bakers, shoemakers, fur-makers, beer makers and butchers. Eye-catching are also rococo pulpit and the rood beam with crucified Christ. The baroque bell tower founded by Jerzy Ignacy Lubomirski was made according to Jan Chrzciciel Belotti's designs.

Until 18th c. around the church there was a cemetery. Wealthy residents of Rzeszów, who donated the church counting on eternal rest were buried here.  Yet, the cemetery was liquidated according to emperor Joseph II’s decree.

From the bell tower, built in 17th c. a recording of carillon composed by musician Jarosław Siwiński is played.

 

Worth seeing in Rzeszów:

  • Bernardine church and convent
  • Jan from Dukla monument
  • Mother of God Poland's Queen monument
  • Piarist former convent
  • Stanisław Konarski monument
  • PKO building (1906-1908)
  • Lubomirski castle
  • summer palace of the Lubomirski family
  • Art-Nouveau villa from 1903 at Pod Kasztanami avenue
  • Art-Nouveau villa from 1899 at Pod Kasztanami avenue
  • “Pod sową” villa from 1900 at Pod Kasztanami avenue
  • Jędrzejowicz family palace, hospital now
  • Jędrzejowicz family palace on Załęże built18/19th c.
  • city hall
  • brick houses from 19th c.
  • Esterka's house, Rynek 15
  • well at the city main square
  • Underground Tourist Route
  • District Museum
  • Etnographic Museum
  • Musem of the History of Rzeszów
  • Museum of Bedtime Cartoons, collection by Wojciech Jama
  • Diocesan Museum
  • Hunters Museum
  • Museum of the Technology and the Military
  • "Marysieńka" Shelter
  • Artur Malawski Philharmonic Hall
  • Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre, old building of Gimnastic Association „Sokół”
  • Józef Szajna Gallery
  • building of Regional Public Library from 1890, formerly home to the district council
  • Bishops palace at Jałowego Street
  • Colonel Leopold Lis-Kula Secondary School
  • Cichociemnych Square with Józef Szajna’s sculpture entitled Passage in 2001,
  • Kazimierz Górski Square
  • Rzeszów Photo Gallery
  • BWA Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Holy Trinity Chapel
  • Old Cemetery
  • January Uprising statue built in 1886
  • Tadeusz Kościuszko monument
  • Juliusz Słowacki monument
  • Colonel Leopold Lis-Kula monument
  • General Władysław Sikorski monument
  • Jan Pakosławic monument
  • Tadeusz Nalepa monument
  • Damned Soldiers monument
  • Stanisław Nitka monument by the Wisłok River
  • Terror Victims monument
  • Jan Kochanowski breast
  • Prince Kazimierz Pułaski breast
  • Jerzy Popiełuszko monument
  • St. Jan Nepomucen monument
  • Marcin Lelewel Borelowski memorial plaque
  • Ignacy Łukasiewicz memorial plaque
  • a sculpture of a boy shooting from a sling
  • multimedia fountain
  • building of Voivodeship Office
  • circular pedestrian bridge
  • Bernardine's Gardens
  • The Revolutionery Act monument
  • wall painting representing a scene from Deballage, Józef Szajna’s theatre performance, Sokoła 3
  • Rzeszów's view by Lubomirski family architect Karol Henryk Wiedemann made in 1762 r.
  • Castle bridge
  • Gabriel Narutowicz bridge
  • former WSK Culture Centre, Institute of Music now
  • manor house built in 19th c., Dąbrowskiego 19
  • rope park Expedycja
  • skatepark
  • „Lisia Góra” nature reserve
  • Władysław Szafer nature-didactical route
  • Leopopld Lis-Kula red trail

 

Main photo: P. Zegar