About Jarosław

Important figures: Anna Ostrogska - part 2

She was engaged in the appearance and aesthetics of the town. According to her recommendations Wilhelm Orsetti had to expand his tenement building in such a way so that it would serve as a ‘decoration of the town and to its benefit’.

She was concerned about the town defensive capability. The town fortification was reinforced and extended to the suburbs on her recommendation.


In 1633, she funded a bronze statue of St Michael (the then patron of the town) which she ordered to set on the tower of the parish church of All Saints.

She granted the courts full freedom of action. She did not interfere in sentencing
and meting out penalties.

She paid particular attention to the matters related to trade in the town, was engaged in fairs that brought significant financial benefits to the castle and residents.

She was concerned about the poor and the needy whom she assisted. The people of that time stated that beggars always approached the carriage of the Duchess, they were sitting on town gates; rarely they went without the support of her. Along with her sons, she sometimes served the poor in Jarosław Holy Spirit Hospital .

She was an ardent Catholic who, under the spirit of the age, did not tolerate gentiles. She ordered the residents of Jarosław not to take any gentile to the town community, even if this would be the best craftsman or merchant. She opposed Jewish settlement in the town.

She died after a sudden three-day disease in her castle in 1635.
Her body was buried in the Jesuit church. Her heart and entrails were put into a tin coffin and placed in the basement of the Church of the Benedictine Sisters.

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