Catholic Shrines in Krakow, Poland
Without doubt, one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. It was mercifully spared from the damage inflicted upon other cities in World War II (Warsaw, for example, was almost completely destroyed) and so much of what you see is original buildings from before the war. It was known for its large and vibrant Jewish community, that was unfortunately decimated by the Nazis so that now only a few remain.
Of course it would be impossible to talk about Krakow without mentioning Pope John Paul II, who was Archbishop of Krakow before he became Pope. His historic visit here in 1981 helped to ignite the fires of freedom that eventually saw the fall of Communism.
Basilica of the Virgin Mary (Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven)
Looking for an English-language Mass? You can find one on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Kosciol Sw. Idziego little church, 67 Grodzka street (at the foot of the Wawel Royal Castle).