Kaplica Na Wodzie Ojców
Chapel on the Water, Ojców
Chapel of St. Joseph the Craftsman, which is the official name of the Chapel on the Water created in 1901 from converted spa baths (at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries Ojców used to be a famous health and holiday resort).
Although tsar Nicholas II issued an order forbidding the construction of sacred buildings in the Ojców area, it was cleverly circumvented by placing the building “on water”. This is how tradition explains the unusual location of the chapel. The well-shaped building, constructed on a cross-shaped plan and boarded with bright planks, is supported by stilts rooted in the bed of a stream. The chapel’s roof is decorated with a lofty, openwork tower crowned with a cross. Particularly charming in the modest, bright interior of the chapel are the altars, whose shape resembles the roofs of mountain cottages.