taken: September 29, 2012, Tropie (Małopolska, Poland). St. Swierad and Benedict Sanctuary. taken with: Nikon D40x, AF-S kit Nikkor Lens 18-55 mm.
Tropie [ˈtrɔpʲɛ] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Gródek nad Dunajcem, within Nowy Sącz County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland. It lies approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of Nowy Sącz and 61 km (38 mi) south-east of the regional capital Kraków. source: Wikipedia
At least since 8th century Tropie (probably called differently then) was very important part of the trail connecting roads from Bizantium with routes leading to Baltic Sea, as it was the place where passage across the Dunajec River was possible. Folk tradition preserved a mention, that in the site where nowadays stands the church of st. Swierad and Benedict there was a pagan place of worship (sacred grove). Origins of Christianity in this area are dated on years before 855. About 1045 Casimir the Restorer founded the church in Tropie. The sanctuary exists till now, though with many later reconstructions. About 1073 the church was sanctified by st. Stanisław, the Bishop of Cracow. The church was dedicated to eremite st. Świerad, who lived in this place probably within years 998 - 1018. Within the second half of 13th century the roman church was devastated by Tatar and Mongolian warriors. In that time the church was also struck by a fire. Traces of sooting are visible till now next to the altar. Since 1563 the church was in Arian hands and returned to catholics in 1603. In 1641, after a huge renovation, the patronage of st. Benedict was added by Tomasz Oborski, Bishop of Cracow, who re-consecrated the sanctuary. The name Benedict belongs to st. Swierad's apprentice, who died a martyr's death in 1034, three years after his master. source: Tropie - Parafia i Sanktuarium śś. Świerada i Benedykta (polish only).
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A widespread and common species, the Painted Bronzeback can be found in a variety of habitats including scrub, secondary forest, back-beach habitats as well as parks and gardens. It is active by day, searching for its food prey - mainly lizards and frogs. Nervous in disposition, it will flee swiftly when threatened or disturbed.
The species is identified by its bronze head, black eye-stripe and mask, and black and cream lateral stripes along the length of the body. When threatened it will inflate its body slightly to reveal bluish or turquoise skin underlying the body scales.
The species ranges from southern China, through Indochina and Thailand, to Peninsular Malaysia, the larger islands of Indonesia and the Philippines.