Travelogue

Tokarnia

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In the village of Tokarnia, 20km from Kielce, is the 80-hectare Open-Air Museum of the Kielce Village. The skansen  or as it is called, the open-air museum of traditional architecture includes many structures complete with interiors. The museum is composed of  five sectors: small-town architecture, highlands, estate and farm, Swiętokrzyskie architecture and the local landscape. It was founded in 1976 and opened in 1977. On the 72-hectare area of the Park one may stroll for hours among wooden buildings dating back to the end of 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. Many cottages have some traditional handicraft workshops inside, a carpenter’s, roofer’s etc. There are also some windmills, blacksmiths’s, school as well as sacral buildings , including a church and a few chapels. The museum is, moreover, the only heir of the works of the famous folk sculptor Jan Bernasiewicz, the creator of the „Garden of sculptures”.