The history of Poland is strongly connected with catholic faith and the Catholic Church. This became even more significant in the late 1970s, when Polish cardinal Karol the Wojtyła was chosen to be the next Pope. For Poland, a country behind the iron curtain, it seemed to be a miracle.
During this tour you are going to visit three places that are strongly connected with St. John Paul II in the vicinity of Kraków. The first stop is Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – a large Bernardine monastery with its famous Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), dated for the 17th century. Miracles connected to the country’s best- known calvary made it grow to become one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage.
Wadowice is the town where St. John Paul II was born. You are going to pay a visit to the Museum of The Pope’s Birthplace, packed with pictures illustrating his early life. While in Wadowice you need to taste the famous ‘kremówka’, a delicious slice of creamy pie.
Łagiewniki is the main center of the cult of Divine Mercy. The Sanctuary includes the new basilica, where the miraculous painting of Jesus Christ with red and white shafts emanating from his heart is located. The complex also includes the convent of St. Faustyna Kowalska, the nun who painted Christ after she had a vision.