This voivodeship is located in the southeastern part of the country, within
the Małopolska Upland. Some of the borders of the region is a natural – at the east
and south-east - an border is the Vistula River and to the west Pilica.
The seat of the provincial authorities is in Kielce.
Warszawa - Teatr Wielki
Panorama of the Świętokrzyskie mountains - range Jeleniowskie
Sandomierz – Little Rome
The city is situated on seven hills and therefore is sometimes called "little Rome".
At the two cities there are underground labyrinths. In Rome, those are the catacombs, and
in Sandomierz in the basement there are the old merchants' cellars and the legendary
dungeonBoth cities can boast as turbulent as well as a beautiful story.
Church of Sts. Michael in Sandomierz and
"Dlugosz House" - now the Diocesan Museum
Święty Krzyż (Holy Cross) - Shrine of the Holy Cross Trees
Benedictine Abbey on Święty Krzyż
The oldest Polish shrine. Are stored there in the relics of the Holy Cross Trees.
According to tradition, the first church (rotunda), erected there in 966 by Dobrawa,
the wife of Prince Mieszko the First, and the Benedictine abbey was founded
by King Boleslaw the Brave in 1006.
Góry Świętokrzyskie – mountain range located in Central Kielce Highlands .
It is one of the oldest mountain ranges in Poland, so the highest peak (Łysica) is only
612 m above sea level. The name of the mountains comes from of the relics of the Holy
Cross (Święty Krzyż) stored at the monastery on Mt.
Świętokrzyskie Mountains - Rocks in Kamień Michniowski preserve
Holy Cross Mountains on the threshold of winter
Ujazd – Ruins of Krzyżtopór Castle
Built between 1627-1644 by Christopher Ossoliński, never fully been completed.
It is a large Italian-style palace in a palazzo in fortezza style.
Architect and inspector of the build of the palace was Lorenzo Senes.
On the north side were once beautiful gardens in the Italian style.
The Koziołek Matołek Museum
European Centre for Tales
W Pacanowie kozy kują,
więc Koziołek, mądra głowa,
błąka się po całym świecie,
aby dojść do… Pacanowa!!!
(Excerpt of rhymed fables about Koziołek Matołek)
View from Mount St. Anna in Pińczów; the valley of the Nida