The little town of Bodzentyn came into being through the urban settlement translocation from the nearby Tarczek by the Cracovian (Kraków) bishop Jan Bodzanta between 1348 and 1355. A Gothic collegiate church was founded by cardinal Zbigniew Oleśnicki in 1450. The local castle was converted into a palatial residence in the late-16th century. Following the administration reform of 1870, Bodzenty lost its municipal rights and became a village. It regained its former municipal status in 1994.

One of the most important monument in Bodzentyn is castle. The origins of the castle in Bodzentyn date back to the 14th century, when the Cracovian bishop Jan Bodzanta had a wooden manor built upon River Psarka. This was replaced by a brick castle with moat commissioned by another Cracovian bishop Florian of Mokrsko, and was connected to the town fortifications. Only walls of the castle with window openings survived till today; some of its window openings still have frames with the Nałęcz coat-of-arms on them. Another element relatively well-preserved is a portal made of red sandstone. Worth to see is an example of specific architecture prevailing in little rural towns is a well-preserved farm of the Czernikiewicz family in 3 Maja Street. 
The mid-17th century the former wooden church was replaced by a brick building of the Church of the Holy Spirit. It functioned as a hospital church till June 1917, when a huge part of the town together with the church were destroyed by fire. Recently, some conservation works have been started on the ruins of the Church of the Holy Spirit. The other monument is the Gothic Collegiate Church of St Stanislaus the Bishop was erected in the years 1440-152, founded by cardinal Zbigniew Oleśnicki. Its nave features late-Renaissance vaults, while the older cross-ribbed vaults are still decorating its sacristy and treasury room. In the presbytery stands a Renaissance alter piece made in 1546, and originally designated for the Wawel Cathedral. Rich decorations of the church interior include Renaissance tombstones, a splendid early-Renaissance painting on wood known as the Bodzentyn Triptych (1508), a Gothic sculpture of Madonna with Child (ca. 1430), and a late-Gothic baptismal font.

The Historic Croft of the Czernikiewicz Family
(Zabytkowa zagroda Czernikiewiczów)
ul. 3 Maja 13
26-010 Bodzentyn

Opening hours:
9.00 - 17.00 Tuesday-Sunday, except for legal holidays.

Ticket prices:
-full 2 PLN
-half-price 1 PLN

Informations can be obtained in The Regional Center of Tourist Information
ul. Sienkiewicza 29
25-007 Kielce
Phone: +48 41 348 00 60


Practical Information

  • Marysieńka


    ul. Ogrodowa 20

    Tel. +48 41 311 51 51

    Room from: 30 PLN

    The farm is located in Bodzentyn, in the heart of the Holy Cross Mountains, near the forest and is an ideal base for major attractions of Świętokrzyskie Mountains.

  • U Kazika
    U Kazika


    ul. Szermentowskiego

    Tel. +48 311 52 10

    The farm is located in the buffer zone of Świętokrzyski National Park. Guests can spend time on hiking, biking, fishing and picking mushroom.

  • Ola


    ul. Ogrodowa 14

    Tel. +48 41 311 57 84

    A farm is located in a lag of the Świętokrzyski National Park with many tourist tracks, ski lifts and one water basin within easy reach.

  • Zielona Dolina
    Zielona Dolina


    ul. Żeromskiego 22

    Tel. +48 41 311 56 86

    A house beautifully located in the river valley Psarka, with a view on the peaks of the Świętokrzyskie mountains, forests and fields.

  • Anna  Matysek
    Anna Matysek

    Święta Katarzyna

    ul. Kielecka 9

    Tel. +48 41 311 22 31

    Room from: 20 zł

    The house is located at the foot of Łysica at the Świętokrzyski National Park. In the vicinity there are many attractive hiking trails, ski lifts, water tank, as well as shops and restaurants.

  • Pod Świerkami
    Pod Świerkami


    ul. Ogrodowa 9

    Tel. +48 41 311 51 37

    The area is known for its beautiful forests, clean air, incredible scenery, but also for its beautiful sights and wealth of history.

  • Poviat Youth Hostel in Bodzentyn
    Poviat Youth Hostel in Bodzentyn


    ul. Wolności 1A

    Tel. +48 41 311 61 91

    The youth hostel offers accommodation in Bodzentyn for children, adolescents and adults, both individually and for organized groups. The hostel includes fifty beds, available year-round, self-service kitchen, toilet, shower, TV and free parking.

  • Koziołek


    ul. Suchedniowska 19b

    Tel. 48 41 311 51 10

    Room from: 70 PLN

  • Lidia Głuszek
    Lidia Głuszek

    Śniadka II

    Tel. +48 41 311 53 13

    The farm is located in the beautiful landscapes, forests, rivers and near numerous hiking trails. The hosts arrange sleigh rides and bonfires.

  • Pod Bukiem
    Pod Bukiem

    Śniadka II

    Tel. +48 41 311 53 20

    The farm is surrounded on each side of a beautiful scenic area free from contaminants, in which people can commune with nature.

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