General Joseph Bem Mausoleum

After the Hungarian uprising had fallen, Bem has joined the Turkish army as he wanted to continue his struggle against invaders of Poland. He needed to convert to Muslim, he changed his name to Murat and was entitled Pasha.  Bem died in the far Syrian Aleppo in 1850 and was originally buried on a Muslim cemetery. In 1926 a committee was established in Tarnów, the task of which was to bring the General’s ashes from abroad and bury them in his home town. Its actions were patronized by the highest government and army authorities of Poland, including president Ignacy Moscicki and marshal Józef Piłsudski. General Bem’s ashes were placed in the sarcophagus on 30 June 1929.