The Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec stands on a picturesque rocky outcrop over the Vistula. Poland’s oldest monastery, it was founded in the mid-11th c. by Prince Casimir the Restorer. Today, Benedictines live and work here, even though the monks abandoned these walls for over 100 years after the Austrian Emperor dissolved their order. They only returned on the eve of the Second World War and started the gradual reconstruction of the Abbey. Now both tourists and pilgrims eagerly throng to one of the most beautiful and important monastic centres of Poland.