Photographer's Note

This photograph presents Mausoleum of General Józef Bem in my home town Tarnów. This place has some extraordinary atmosphere and although this is my third photo (here is the first and the second one) and this time I cannot complain about bad light, still I didn’t manage to give it a justice. I will keep trying.

While taking the photo I heard a primary school teacher talking to children about the late general Bem. I always thought that he was such an extraordinary person and that is why they have build a mausoleum for him, but the teacher said – the real reason was that he change his faith, and so he could not be buried on Catholic cemetery.

Józef Bem (1794, Tarnów – 1850, Aleppo) was a Polish general, an Ottoman Pasha and a national hero of Poland and Hungary. Bem, similarly to other Polish generals, fought outside Poland's borders for the future of Poland; anywhere his leadership and military skills were needed.

Except for the mausoleum shown in this photo, which is situated in the most beautiful town park in Tarnów, there is also a monument of General Bem, a street named with his name, a monument of his fellow friend, Hungarian poet Sándor Petofi, who has also his street. In the 170 anniversary of one of the battles fought by gen. Bem (26.05.2001) Tarnów received a gift from Hungarian friends: Seklerska Gate (click here).

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7386 W: 106 N: 19410] (74329)
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