Chałubińskiego Street

Chałubińskiego Street

If the merits of their patrons were to be measured by the length of Zakopane streets, even a complete ignorant of history would say, that Tytus Chałubiński was someone. And rightly so. Nobody else was called the "King of the Tatras" and nobody's arrival was such a holiday – paradically dressed highlanders went on horseback to meet the doctor, and the guests gathered at Krupówki, shouting hello, they waved their handkerchiefs and caps vigorously.

Chałubińskiego Street, despite theirs 1100 m, it can drag on mercilessly, especially uphill, and the monotony of buildings – will, will, will – only rarely does something surprising come to life. Therefore, the beginning can be described as atypical – for those going uphill, on the left, behind a modest bicycle shop, there are two Tyrolean wooden houses (no 3 i 3a): Nameless and Pomeranian. They are very pretty, a bit squat with old age, they were built in 1894 r. i, which clearly stands out, one is a mirror image of the other. Former a dowry of daughters from the Langier family – first owners. Then they served as guesthouses, today they have private apartments. The Ermitage Hotel is on the right (no 8) with the restaurant of the same name. At Chałubińskiego 5, that is, above the Tyrolean sisters, you can see one of the first houses in the Zakopane style designed by Stanisław Witkiewicz - Willa Rialto, quite damaged, although capable of shining its former glory in favorable weather.

In this house, built in 1898 r., decorated with beautiful ornaments under the windows and on the balcony, the first anti-tuberculosis sanatorium in Zakopane was run by a doctor, Marian Hawranek, who died of tuberculosis at the age of only 35 lat.

DOCTOR TITUS CHAŁUBIŃSKI (1820-1889) – He came to already discovered Zakopane, when it became fashionable and tempting for artists, aesthetes. nature lovers and energetic people. As a rumor from the era goes. Chałubiński was brought to the foot of the Tatra Mountains by the news, that Helena Modrzejewska is here, to which he was deeply affected. He was endowed with trust and friendship by the highlanders. It happened after the cholera epidemic, raging since 1 September to 10 October 1873 r., when Chałubiński treated the sick with devotion and with admirable perseverance he forced them into the principles of a hygienic life. Chałubiński's activity in Zakopane was extremely versatile: healed, he organized the Tatra Society, promoted the climate of the Tatra Mountains, he was active in many fields and went to the mountains. They were colorful, one-of-a-kind parades in the image of the ancient Dionysi; although instead of nymphs and fauns, the locals engaged – momentum and setting were comparable. He invited guests and a group of highlanders for several-day trips, including the most famous Tatra guides: Wojciech Roj, Maciej Sieczka, Simon Tatar the Elder, Jędrka Walę the Younger. Sowing was taken away, tents, mountain equipment, large supplies of food and a samovar. Doctoral Chałubińska, due to the large carcass, carried in a litter. The parade was played by Bartuś Obrochta's band: Sabała absolutely had to go. After the march, people would camp in the hall or in the valley, fire was lit and feasted. When the tired company was getting ready for the night, Sabała probably sat on the stage under the Tatra Mountains and began to tell stories.

They belonged to the circle of Chałubiński's friends: pcs. Carpenter, Helena Modrzejewska, Stanislaw Witkiewicz. Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Walery Eliasz-Radzikowski and others. In his Zakopane home – no longer exists today – the cultural and social life of the city was focused.