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Wadowice. Museum in the Family Home of John Paul II.
On an area of 1,200 square meters, the history of Karol Wojtyla's life has been presented in several thematic exhibitions.
Wadowice - a Small Homeland.
The history of the town and Karol's youthful years. Photographs of his friends, a secondary school-leaving certificate, and Wojtyla's biography.
Reconstruction of the store, owned by the Jew, Chiel Balamuth, renting a flat to Wojtyla's family. Collection of photographs and souvenirs from before the Second World War.
Karmel and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Two monasteries important for the spiritual development of Karol Wojtyla.
The monastery in Gorka (Wadowice), the so-called Karmel, who is a witness to the fascination with the Carmelite spiritual thought, which resulted in Wojtyla's master and doctoral dissertations.
Shrine of Our Lady in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - Karol Wojtyla visited this place as a student of the school in Wadowice, and then as a priest, bishop, and pope...
Love for the mountains
Karol Wojtyla loved hiking in the mountains. In this part of the exhibition, we can see his ski equipment and photos from the expeditions.
During one of the lonely treks in the mountains, Wojtyla met a highlander who - seeing a tired and dirty tourist - asked him who he is.
- A bishop! - said Karol, out of breath.
- If you are a bishop, I am a pop! - the highlander shrugged and went away.
Reconstruction of three rooms with authentic equipment belonging to the Wojtyla family. They lived here in the years 1919-1938. A bedroom with a kneeler on which, after the death of his wife, Karol's father was praying.
Krakow, thank you!
The exhibition dedicated to the stay of Karol Wojtyla from the moment of his arrival in Krakow in 1938 until his election as pope in 1978. In addition to photos and documents, display cases contain cassocks from various periods of Karol Wojtyla's life.
In 1938, Karol began studying at the Jagiellonian University at the Faculty of Polish Studies. The studies were interrupted by the Second World War.
Avoiding deportation to forced labor to Germany, Karol Wojtyla worked in quarries and sewage treatment plants. In the museum, we can see working denim, clogs, and the German work card of the future Pope.
Actor and Poet
Manuscripts of poetic texts by Karol Wojtyla, a photograph from performances with his participation.
In 1942, Karol Wojtyla began underground studies at the Krakow seminary.
In 1946, he was ordained a priest. The exhibition presents a replica of the crypt from the Wawel Cathedral where he celebrated his first Mass with original crosses and candlesticks from the Treasury of the Cathedral. In the display cases, next to the certificates of the graduation of the theological studies, there is a certificate of morality, issued to young Karol Wojtyla by his first parish priest.
Bishop and Cardinal
The road of Karol Wojtyla from the bishop, archbishop, cardinal, until the election of the Pope.
In addition to personal items, the exhibition shows the first papal cassock, in which John Paul II greeted the people gathered at St. Peter's Square in 1978.
Get out into the deep
Presentation of a documentary with the words of Cardinal Pericle Felici: Habemus papam.
Numerous souvenirs and testimonies to surprise the world with the election of a new pope.
I forgive the assassin
A room dedicated to the attack on the Pope's life on May 13th, 1981. The assassin's gun, photos, films, and radio recordings, the suit of the Pope's bodyguard with the blood of John Paul II. An extraordinary exhibition is the statue of Our Lady of Fatima with the bullet of the assassin placed in the crown. John Paul II spoke about his rescue: Someone’s hand had shot me, but another hand directed the bullet.
Peace to You, Poland
The history of the Pope's pilgrimages to Poland with a famous speech in communist Poland:
Let your Spirit descend. Let your Spirit descend. And renew the face of the earth, the face of this land. Amen.
And the world has become a home
The history of the Pope's pilgrimages to 129 countries, which is more than half of the existing countries in the world.
This transience makes sense...
John Paul II believed that transience is the way to the fullness of humanity and with his last moments showed that this is just a transition... In the exposition, we can see a papal watch with hands stopped at 9.37 pm and the Bible, which was read to the last moments of the dying pope, with the cross and the word Amen drawn on the last read page.
The remaining rooms - named "the Holy Spirit", "the Testament" and "At the End" - show us what is the message of the Pope and how we understand his life today.
Krakow. The most important places related to the life of John Paul II.
Former Soda Plant Solvay (near Lagiewniki)
During the Second World War, Karol Wojtyla worked here as a stonemason and a manual worker. Thanks to this, he avoided deportation to forced labor in Germany. Usually, he chose to work on night shifts, which allowed him to devote the whole day to learning and praying.
Church in Lagiewniki
Place of the miraculous painting - "Jesus, I trust in You" - painted according to the vision of Saint Faustina.
The revealed Jesus was to promise everyone who will worship this painting, that his/her soul will not perish and he/she will receive the grace of a happy death.
As a young worker, Karol Wojtyla came to pray here. Then, as a priest, he celebrated the services and, being a Pope, beatified and canonized Sister Faustina.
Twice, during his pilgrimages to Poland, he visited this sanctuary, calling it the capital of the cult of the Divine Mercy.
Church of the Franciscan Fathers
Here, as a student of theology, Karol Wojtyla participated in the Holy Masses. Today, under the choir elevation, we can find the favorite bench of Karol Wojtyla with a commemorative plaque.
During his first pilgrimage to Poland in 1979, in the Franciscan church, Pope John Paul II has met with sick people.
Church of St. Florian
The first Krakow parish of Karol Wojtyla where he was a vicar after graduation (1949-1951). Here he led the parish catechesis, took care of the altar servers, and ran courses for brides.
He left the church of St. Florian at the beginning of his further studies in order to obtain habilitation.
St. Mary's Basilica
Father Karol Wojtyla was here a confessor and preacher in the years 1952-1958. His confessional is located in the nave of the southern basilica, opposite the altar of Our Lady of Ostra Brama.
A place extremely important in the life of Karol Wojtyla. Here in 1946, he celebrated his first Mass. In 1948, he was here consecrated as a bishop and also here the biggest Zygmunt's bell announced his visit to Poland.
Church of the Pauline Fathers
In this church, St. Stanislaus died a martyr's death in the 11th century and from the 13th century, a May procession traditionally sets off from this church to the Wawel Cathedral with the bishop of Krakow at the helm.
Karol Wojtyla led this march many times and spoke in this church to people of culture and science twice.
Papal Window at Franciszkanska Street 3
In the Bishop's Palace, at Franciszkanska Street, there is an apartment in which Pope John Paul II always has stopped during his pilgrimages to Poland.
A crowd of believers waited for him under the window. The Pope spoke jokingly with the waiting people many times. As the time to return to the Vatican was approaching, the Pope said the famous words on where his heart remains:
"If anyone asks - Franciszkańska 3."
When the Pope was seriously ill and was dying in the Vatican, thousands of Catholics prayed for his health under the same window,.
1. Transit Warsaw - Wadowice.
2. Museum in the Family Home of John Paul II.
3. Transit Wadowice - Krakow.
4. Transit Krakow - Warsaw.
Total price for private guided tour with a licensed educator:
All tickets and fees included in the price.
The total duration of the tour: 12 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Wadowice is 350 km / 217 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 4 hours.
Distance between Wadowice and Krakow is 55 km / 34 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 1 hour.
Time of Krakow and Wadowice Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.
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