Creating a cultural hub at Kossak Manor House in Górki Wielkie

The Kossak Manor House attracts tourists from different parts of Poland and the world. The house achieves much of its aesthetic magnificence from an excellent blend of its historic character with modern elements.  As a result, it has quickly become an important part of Polish tourism and culture.

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The Kossak Manor House is a vibrant cultural place. © Fundacja im. Zofii Kossak The Kossak Manor House is a vibrant cultural place. © Fundacja im. Zofii Kossak

" Because of the rich cultural program it can be concluded that the culture and arts centre at Kossak Manor House can compete with the biggest cultural destinations in our country. "

Izabela Strzebońska, PR Specialist

The village of Górki Wielkie near Skoczów was the home of Zofia Kossak, an eminent twentieth century Polish writer. In 2010, with the financial support from the European Regional Development Fund, the ruins of her prewar house were adapted into the “The Kossak Manor House” Culture and Arts Centre.

Erected in 1734, the manor house was subsequently home to a number of families, before it was taken over by the Habsburgs who turned it into a grain store of the Duchy of Cieszyn. In 1922 Tadeusz and Anna Kossak rented the house and its estate from the Treasury of the re-emerging Polish state. With the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the family abandoned the house to the Germans who used it for their own purposes. In May 1945, in the absence of the owners, the manor house burnt down.

A magical glimpse into the author’s mind

Today the manor is once again alive with the atmosphere of culture and art. The adaptation works impressively exhibit the ruins, bringing to mind the remains of a small fortified castle. Within the central part of the ruins a new two-storey building has been built, while the two sections on the sides have been left roofless in order to make room for open-air stages in terraces whose old stone walls provide an atmospheric setting for concerts, plays and other performances. The adaptation does not disturb the historic character of the place, and the modern facility blends intriguingly well with the preserved ruins.

Inside is a multimedia exhibition devoted to the life and writings of Zofia Kossak, and the vicissitudes of her family and the house. The walls are hung with large-format prints and monitors offering photographic displays. Visitors can also hear recordings containing words of the writer and her daughter. One of the rooms is the magic realm of Kacperek – a dwarf, invented by the writer, who made the manor house in Górki Wielkie his home. Visitors enter his chamber through a keyhole.

A cultural destination

The Kossak Manor House is always vibrant with artistic, writing and journalistic workshops, as well as bustling with exhibitions, performances, concerts, open air and other events which aim at integrating the local population and tourists. The latter visit the manor in ever growing numbers – not only interested to see the new Kossak House and its charming environment, but also intrigued by the various cultural events on offer and the recreational potential of the surrounding area. Every year The Kossak Manor House Culture and Arts Centre organises the ‘Artistic Summer at the Kossaks’ – a series of artistic and cultural events.

The project of adapting the ruined manor house won a commendation in the contest Poland Even More Beautiful. Seven Miracles of EU Funds in the Historic Building category. As a result of the investment, two new jobs were created.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Adaptation works in the Kossak Manor House and its surroundings in Górki Wielkie for the cultural purposes” is EUR 447 868, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 354 916 from the Operational Programme “Silesia” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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