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Hi there,

The ruins I've captured on this photo are located in Zagorz - a small town in county Sanok, Subcarpathian Voivodeship. In other words - about 10 minutes drive from where I grew up :)

The monastery is believed to have been buit in early XVIII century, funded by Jan Franciszek Stadnicki. In 1714 according to some sources the monks have settled in the the place for the first time, however the construction works were not been finalised until 1730. The core aim of the monastery was to become an asylum for local community in case of war or any threat of that kind. The location of the Monastery is also typical for Carmelites, who usually built their monasteries on high hills, a bit on the side, being quite exposed and visible.

It didn't take long for the monastery to be attacked - the first battle involved Russian army in 1772 . During that time it suffered quite significant damage and although it was later re-built it never really regained its initial blilliance. Then in 1822 there was a huge fire in the monastery premises which significantly destroyed the construction of the roof. The true cause of the fire was never discovered. Seven years later the monastery was officially disbanded, with some of it's sacral equipment moved to the parish church in Zagorz, where they still can be found today. For the next 135 years the monastery remained unoccupied. In 1957 Carmelites tried to rebuild and restore the monastery, however this initiative was not successful.

Up until now the ruins remain unchanged. There are some minor preservative works done by local authorities, however due to lack of funding - the ruins remain as you can see. I would recommend visiting the place - its really picturesque.

Happy Halloween Folks :)!

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