There is always a little surprise hidden somewhere, whenever I travel to a new place in Poland. Last weekend, I spotted this while taking a stroll around Park Zdrojowy on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Krynica-Zdrój – Poland’s biggest spa town. Until then, I don’t ever recall coming across a statue of the Virgin Mary in a forested area before. There is a legend attached to this place, which is why the statue is there. I love this story because it’s about girl power. A damsel comes to the rescue of her beau rather than the other way round. The heroine was a local shepherdess who washed out the wounds of an injured knight with water from the nearby spring. Her actions saved him. I assume they live happily ever after because that’s the way it goes in these stories, isn’t it? The Forest Statue of the Virgin Mary: The Queen of Krynica’s Spring was erected in 1865.
People regularly go there to pray to the statue, especially on the evening of 16th of each month and on the last Sunday in May. On that particular day, locals give thanks for saving the town’s people from a cholera epidemic as well as protecting them during the Second World War.
This is where the park and Krynica-Zdrój is located. It’s about a three-hour bus ride from Krakow. Buses leave every two hours, in case you’re interested in visiting.
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