Catholic Shrines in Krakow, Poland

 

About Krakow:

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.

Here are some of the major places of interest in Krakow:

Basilica of Saint Florian

Basilica of the Virgin Mary (Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven)

Church of St John the Baptist & St John the Evangelist (founding of the Mercedarian Order)

Have No Fear John Paul II Centre

Shrine of Divine Mercy

Wawel Castle & The Royal Cathedral of St. Stanislaus & St. Wenceslaus

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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).

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