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Krakow Saints' Route

This route includes 16 beautiful churches, holding the remains of saints, the blessed and other Servants of the Lord, who died in sanctity. This route does not only give an opportunity to learn the lives of saints and the blessed but also to see the most beautiful monastic buildings in Krakow.

The route begins in the Archicathedral Basilica on Wawel Hill, housing the remains of Saint Stanislaw from Szczepanow, a bishop and a martyr, the relics of blessed Wincenty Kadlubek, the remains of Queen Jadwiga and the tomb of bishop Jan Prandota, located in the Waza chapel.

Next, the route leads to the Felicians' church of the Immaculate Hart of the Virgin Mary, where the founder of the order, blessed Maria Angela Truszkowska found her eternal rest. The trip continues to Saint Anna's Academic Collegiate church, where St. Jan Kanty, the patron of academic youth, bishop Jan Pietraszko and Jerzy Ciesielski both have their tombs.

Next places marked on the route are: St. Mark's church, holding the remains of Michal Giedroyc, called the blessed, St. Florian's Basilica, where the relics of St. Florian, a roman soldier who died a martyr's death in the 4th century A.D. for supporting christianity and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, housing the ashes of blessed father Jan Beyzym.

Saint Mary's Basilica on the Main Market Square also found its way onto the route, with the remains of Swietoslaw, called the Silent. He was an ascetic and a patron of good confession. The next place is the Basilica of the Trinity where, in the upper chapel, lies a wooden coffin with the remains of St. Jacek Odrowaz, the first polish dominican and a missionary in Prussia.

Next stop of the Saints' Route of Krakow is the Basilica of the Saint Francis of Assisi. Remains of blessed Salomea the Princess, the first of the polish Poor Clares, are to be found in the northern chapel. Blessed Aniela Salawa is buried in the chapel of the Lord's Passion. A painting depicting St. Maksymilian Kolbe, who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp, can also be found in this basilica.

The next place to visit is the church of St. Bernardine of Siena, in whose chapel lie the relics of St. Szymon from Lipnica. The church is also a home to the painting of blessed Anastazy Pankiewicz, who died in Dachau concentration camp. From there, the route follows to the Corpus Christi church in Kazimierz, the former jewish quarters, where buried lies blessed Stanislaw Kazimierczyk, the patron of the district. In the Annunciation chapel lies the picture of the Virgin Mary with the Child.

The route also features places such as: St. Catherine's church, where lies Izajasz Boner, member of the Order of St. Augustine and Skalka church, being a place of worship of St. Stanislaw from Szczepanow. It is there that he died and was buried in the first place. Some of the great Poles have also been buried here including Karol Szymanowski, Stanislaw Wyspianski, Czeslaw Milosz, Jan Dlugosz and Wincenty Pol.

Krakow Saints' Route also includes the ECCE HOMO sanctuary of St. Albert, where St. Brother Albert, the founder of the Order of the Albertine Brothers and an artist, has its tomb. The ashes of the co-founder of the Order of the Albertine Sisters, blessed Bernardyna Jablonskiej are also housed in the ECCE HOMO sanctuary. From there the route leads to St. Augustine and St. John the Baptist's church in Zwierzyniec, where the ashes of blessed Bronislawa and sister Emilia Podolska can be found.

The last church of the Saints' Route is the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, the centre of the cult of the Divine Mercy. In the temple, which is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year, a picture of the Merciful Christ, worshipped across the globe, hands from the main altar. The remains of St. Faustyna Kowalska can also be found in the sanctuary.

Highlits of the Saint's Route:

1. Archicathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaw on the Wawel Hill
2. Felician Sisters' church of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary (Smolensk 6)
3. St. Anne's Academic Collegiate Church (sw. Anny 11)
4. St. Mark's church (sw. Marka 10)
5. St. Florian's basililca (Warszawska 1)
6. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Kopernika 26)
7. Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Rynek Główny)
8. Dominicans' Baslilica of the Trinity (Stolarska 12)
9. Bazylika św. Franciszka z Asyżu OO. Franciszkanów (ul. Franciszkańska 2)
10. Bernardines' St. Bernard's church
11. Corpus Christi church (Bozego Ciala 26)
12. Augustinians' Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria (Augustianska 7)
13. Skalka Church (Skałeczna)
14. ECCE HOMO Sanctuary (Woronowicza 10)
15. Saint Augustine and Saint John's church (Kosciuszki 88)
16. Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki (Siostry Faustyny 3-9)
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