Church of St. Anne Biecz

Biecz. Kościół Franciszkanów

The church-monastery complex in Biecz is one of the first reformist monasteries established in Poland. It history dates back to the early 17th century. It is a closed complex consisting of the St. Anne's Church, a monastery, and the monastery's courtyard. In its present form, the monastery was created on the site of the abandoned eastern castle of Biecz. It was the seat of castellans (kasztelanie) and later of startosts after the administrative reform of the Polish state, as well as landed and magistrate courts. After the functional change of the city's defensive layout, directed by the development of the art of war, the starost's office and courts were moved into the city limits. The abandoned castle stood unused for some time. The attempt to bring in Dominicans failed. Only the Franciscans rose to the challenge and established a monastery, thanks to which we can still admire the building and the indications of its past as a castle. One such indication is the layout placing a courtyard in the middle. The Franciscans and the monastery played important roles in the history of the city. During the First World War, the monastery housed a hospital, while during the occupation, which was a great tragedy for the followers of the Mosaic religion, it was the hiding place for the Jewish co-owner of the Dom Bankowy H. Ripper i S-ka (Bank House H. Ripper and Co.) in Kraków, Adolf Haber (Haber Halecki).

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