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Rudawy Janowickie Mountains
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Cross Mountain (654 m)

654 m n.p.m.
In the first half of the 19th century duchess Marianna, wife of Duke William of Prussia, began showing interest in the ruins. She put the neighbouring land to use, and a cross was installed on the rock above the castle, with the inscription:
“The cross’s blessing for William, his descendents, and the entire valley”.

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Stone run

The Rudawy Janowickie mountains might be small compared to the Giant Mountains, but for their diversity of rock groups and the lay of the land they most definitely offer greater variety.

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Viewing tower in Bukowiec

The viewing tower here is part of the park and palace complex at Bukowiec, and is one of the specially-built ‘artificial’ ruins of the castle known as Kasselburg or Warte.

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Skalny Most [Rock Bridge]

The Janówka Valley is home to one of the more interesting rock formations, known as the Rock Bridge. Situated at an altitude of approximately 600-620 m, it features an above-normal level of radioactivity – just like the Piec [Furnace], a neighbouring rock.

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Starościńskie Skały [Starost’s Wife’s Rocks]

Long, long ago, when kings ruled the Earth and princesses’ dreams came true, the owners of the nearby Karpniki Palace at the foot of the Rudawy Janowickie mountains became gripped by the day’s fashion for creating gardens reflecting the spirit of romanticism.

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Skalne Bramy [Rock Gates]

This rock formation is also known as the ‘Skalne Baszty’ [Rock Towers], and is to be found at approximately 600 m above sea level, above the Janówka Valley on the south-western slope of ‘Zamkowy Grzbiet’ [Castle Ridge].

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Sokolik [Falcon Stone] – rock formation

Big Falcon Stone (at an altitude of 620 m), with a viewing platform approximately 30 m above the land, and Little Falcon Stone (altitude of 610-615 m). Iron steps lead up to the peak of this magnificent rock, from where the panoramic view borders on the magical.

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Piec [Furnace]

The Furnace is an imposing rock characterised by a high degree of natural radioactivity. A viewpoint on its summit, reached via steps carved into the rock and provided with a protective railing, looks over the Janówka Valley. Until 1945 the Furnace was classed as a Monument of Nature.

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Bukowiec ponds

Within but a short distance of the former residence of Count von Reden, who established a gorgeous landscape park around the building, is a fascinating complex of ponds. Their location close to the palace meant they reflected its form in their waters.

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Swedish Whitebeam Avenue

Currently, this is one of the longest avenues lined by this species in Europe, and is apparently already quite ripe with age, as it reaches back over a century.

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The cross in Miedzianka

 Carved out of stone, this mediaeval cross bears the word “MEMENTO” – “remember”. In the Middle Ages and during the early Renaissance monastic congregations used the greeting “MEMENTO MORI” – “remember that you’ll die” – the meaning of which was intended to remind one of the earthliness of life.

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The cross in Janowice Wielkie

This cross remained out of sight for a long time as it was built into the wall of the Church of the Assumption from the 15th century, and had been covered in a layer of plaster.

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Bukowiec Cross

Conciliation crosses are monolithic objects carved from a single block of stone, and were mainly made using local material (granite, basalt, conglomerate or sandstone). They were erected by murderers at the site of their crimes (most often secluded places in forests, by the roadside).

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Wieściszowice Church

The Church of the Most Sacred Heard of Jesus was probably erected in 1859. Right from the start, it served as an Evangelical place of worship. The church was refurbished in 1970.

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