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Following the tracks of John Paul II


Following the tracks of John Paul II

The route of John Paul II begins at the Bishops' Palace, located on Franciszkanska street, where Karol Wojtyla, a young student of the Clerical Seminary of the Krakow Archdiocese, lived in 1944. Later, he stayed there during his every pilgrimage to Krakow. Above the entrance, a famous "Pope's Window" overlooks the street. The window is the place from which John Paul II addressed people that gathered in front of the palace to meet him. In 1980, a statue of John Paul II was revealed in the courtyard of the palace.

Next, the route goes to the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, where Karol Wojtyla had "his own" bench as he prayed there very often when he was a student. From there the route leads to the building of the Higher Clerical Seminary of the Krakow Archdiocese, where he studied and to the house on Kanonicza street where he lived as a bishop during the period between 1958 - 1967. The building is now the Museum of the Krakow Archdiocese.

Next stops on the route are: the Archicathedral Basilica on the Wawel Hill where, in the crypt of St. Leonard, Karol Wojtyla conducted his first service for his brother and his dead parents; the Skalka church; the house of Jan Tyranowski, which he visited as a member of the Living Rosary; Salesians' church of St. Stanislaw Kostka in Debniki; house on Szwedzka street and on Tyniecka street, to which Karol moved in with his father in 1938. From Tyniecka street, the route leads to Pope's Stone in Blonie. Granite stone, weighing 26 tons, was placed there on the 19th anniversary of John Paul's pontificate. Pope's Stone was the place where most of the meetings of the pope with the worshippers took place, during his pilgrimages to Poland.

From there, the route goes to the statue of John Paul II in H. Jordan's park and then to Jagiellonian University's Collegium Novum where Karol Wojtyla began his polish linguistics studies in the philosophical department.

Among the landmarks on the route are St. Mary's Basilica on the Main Market Square, St. Florian's Basilica, where Karol Wojtyła, as a vicar, initiated the work of the academic ministry, the statue of John Paul II in the Strzelecki Park, and the tomb of Karol Wojtyla's parents on the Rakowicki cemetery.

Next spots on the route are: John Paul's hospital, consecrated by the Holy Father in 1997; the church of St. Jadwiga the Queen; the church of Our Lady the Queen of Poland in Bieńczyce; the church of St. Maksymilian Kolbe in Mistrzejowice, where Karol Wojtyla conducted his first Christmas midnight mass and the quarries in Zakrzowek, where he worked from 1940 till 1941.

At the end of John Paul's route lies the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, consecrated by the Holy Father in 2002. The two remaining points of the route are: Solvay, the old chemical factory where Karol Wojtyla worked in 1940's and the International Airport in Balice, which bear the name of John Paul II from 1995.


Landmarks of John Paul's route:

1. Bishops' Palace (Franciszkanska 3)
2. Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Franciszkanska 2)
3. Higher Clerical Seminary of the Krakow Archdiocese (Podzamcze 8)
4. Deans' Apartment House (Kanonicza 21)
5. Archicathedral Basilica on the Wawel Hill
6. Skałka church (Skaleczna)
7.Jan Tyranowski's House (Rozana 11)
8. Salesians' church of St. Stanislaw Kostka(Konfederacka)
9. House on Szwedzka street (Szwedzkaj 12)
10. House on Tyniecka street (Tyniecka 10)
11. Pope's Stone on Blonie
12. John Paul's statue in H. Jordan's park
13. Jagiellonian University's Collegium Novum (Golebia 24)
14. Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Main Market Square)
15. Saint Florian's Basilica (Warszawska 1)
16. Statue of John Paul II in Strzelecki park (Lubicz)
17. Tomb of Karol Wojtyla's parents on the Rakowicki cemetery
18. John Paul's Hospital (Pradnicka)
19. church of St. Jadwiga the Queen (Lokietka 60)
20. church of Our Lady the Queen of Poland "Arka" in Bienczyce (Obroncow Krzyza 1)
21. church of St. Maksymilian Kolbe in Mistrzejowice (Tysiaclecia 86)
22. Quarries in Zakrzowek (shrine on the crossing of Ruczaj-Pychowicka and Kamieniarska-Wylom)
23. "Solvay" sodium processing plant (Zakopianska 62)
24. Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki (Siostry Faustyny 3-9)
25. John Paul II international Airport in Balice (Krakow - Balice)

Virtual Pilgrimage - following the tracks of John Paul II.
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