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- Date of production 4th quarter of the 15th century
- Place of creation Poland
- Dimensions height: 24 cm, diameter: foot:14 cm, chalice: 10.5 cm, weight: 650 g
- ID no. MN-DK/18
- Object copyright The Roman Catholic Church of Ten Thousand Martyrs in Niepołomice
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
At the beginning of 1657, the lands of southern Poland were invaded by George II Rakoczi’s army of 40 thousand soldiers. The army was supposed to give support to the Swedish headquarters in Kraków. The vicinity of Kraków was doomed by the presence of the new invaders.more
At the beginning of 1657, the lands of southern Poland were invaded by George II Rakoczi’s army of 40 thousand soldiers. The army was supposed to give support to the Swedish headquarters in Kraków. The vicinity of Kraków was doomed by the presence of the new invaders. On 26 March 1657 the church in Niepołomice was denuded of many church objects – twice by the Cossacks and once by the Swedes. However, there was somebody in Niepołomice who despite the cruel tortures did not reveal to the Cossacks the place where the most precious liturgical vessels were hidden. Despite a skull injury caused by a Cossack, he survived and for 40 years he performed the function of a parish gravedigger. He died as an old man on 4 April 1695. Looking at the wonderful Gothic chalice from 1500, which was used during mass by successive generations from Niepołomice, we should remember about Wojciech Wojtal, one of the parishioners thanks to whom this is possible.
Elaborated by Museum of Niepołomice — the Niepołomice Royal Castle, editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved