The legend says that the Three Crowns and the entire Pieniny owe their creation to the saint Kinga. Fleeing the Tatars, she threw her crown behind her. Rocky peaks grew out of it, which stopped the infidels, and in memory of this fact, they were called the Three Crowns after centuries.
History, however, says that during his first Mongol invasion of Poland, Kinga, the Hungarian princess was a child and had not even been married to Krakow's prince Bolesław, later called the Shy. When the Mongol invasion of Poland fell on Poland for the second time, they were already married, and the king and his wife fled the battlefield, instead of leading the knighthood. During the third Mongol invasion, known as Tatars for some reason, Kinga was already the prince of the Poor Clares convent in Stary Sącz, which she founded after her husband's death.
Another legend says that Kinga was already escaping from the Tatar invaders in her habit, led by seventy nuns, to take refuge in the Pieniny castle, the remains of which can be seen today on the slopes of Trzy Korony. This version also mentions miracles - Kinga's comb turned into an impenetrable forest, the Dunajec river emerged from the sash, and her veil which fell to the ground in the mist in which the Tatars lost their way, and arrows from their warriors' bows missed the nuns.
However, there may be some truth in these fairy tales, because according to old records, during the Mongol invasions, the local population actually hid in the rocky recesses on the slopes of the Three Crowns.