Welcome to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska


The town owes its existence and fame to the squire of Kraków, Mikołaj Zebrzydowski, who commissioned the church and monastery for the Bernardine order in 1600. Having noticed a resemblance in the area to the topography of Jerusalem, he set about creating a place of worship similar to the Via Dolorosa in the Holy City. By 1617, 24 chapels were built over the surrounding hills, some of which looked as though they’d been brought directly from the mother city. As the place attracted growing numbers of pilgrims, more chapels were erected, eventually totalling 42. In 1999 Kalwaria Zebrzydowska was added to Unesco’s list of World Heritage sites.

The original hilltop church north of the centre was gradually enlarged and today is the massive Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels (Bazylika Matki Bożej Anielskiej). The holiest image in the church is the icon of Mary in the Zebrzydowska Chapel (Kaplica Zebrzydowska) to the left of the high altar. Tradition has it that the eyes shed tears of blood in 1641, and from that time miracles occurred. Pilgrims come to Kalwaria year-round but especially on Marian feast days, when processions along the Calvary Trails (Dróżki Kalwaryjskie) linking the chapels take place. The basilica is flanked to the north by the huge Bernardine Monastery, which contains impressive 16th- and 17th-century paintings in its cloister.

Kalwaria is also known for its Passion plays, a blend of religious ceremony and popular theatre re-enacting the final days of Christ’s life and held here since the 17th century. They are performed by locals, including Bernardine monks, during a two-day procession starting in the early afternoon of Maundy (Holy) Thursday during Holy Week of Easter.


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$77.18 Cultural & Theme Tours

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Cracow Tours, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandSituated by the Vistula river, Krakow is the cradle of Polish culture anda characteristic urban phenomenon. It is the former capital of Poland, the place of coronation and later the burial ground of almost all Polish monarchs. For a long time it has been attracting scholars with the oldest university in the country, artists with the cultural climate and pilgrims with the sanctuaries and holy relics. Since the beginning, Kraków has also been enticing tourists with its atmosphere, monuments, and recently also the memory of Pope John Paul II.The legendary founder of the city was Prince Krak, the vanquisher of the Wawel Dragon (the effigy of the beast stands at the foot of Wawel Hill). Remnants of the oldest history of the city have been preserved in two mounds dating from the 7th century called the Wanda and Krak mounds. The first historical information about Krakow is contained in a 10th-century note of Ibrahim ibn Jakub. In the book of Muhammad al-Idrisi (dating from the 12th century) Krakow is described as a “beautiful and large city with many houses, residents, markets, vineyards and gardens.” At the beginning of the 12th century Gallus Anonymous depictedKrakow as a thriving metropolis and wrote in his Chronicles: “Krakow, the capital city, excels all Polish cities.” Krakow was founded according to the Magdeburg law (by Bolesław V the Chaste) on the 5 June 1257. district) was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural HeritageSites in 1978 as the first of its kind.It is important for the residents of Krakow to cultivate their traditions such as the annual nativity crib contest or the Lajkonik wandering in the octave of theCorpus Christi (June) from Zwierzyniec to the Main Market Square.Among the many eminent people connected to Krakow are the Pope John Paul II; the Nobel Prize poets Czesław Miłosz and Wislawa Szymborska; the founder of the avant-garde theatre Cricot-2, Tadeusz Kantor; the playwright Stanisław Mrozek; Stanislaw Lem – the legend of Polish fantasy writing; Stanislaw Wyspianski – a painter, poet, playwright, designer and the author of works such as the stained glass decorating the Franciscan Church; and Dr. Feliks “Manggha” Jasinski– the benefactor of the Japanese collection displayed currently in the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology funded by Andrzej Wajda. Stop At: Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThis is one of the most important sanctuaries in the world: every year millions of pilgrims from various countries arrive here to contemplate Divine Mercy by the grave of Saint Sister Faustina and the Jesus, In You I Trust painting.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe modern church is a specific place of devotion to St John Paul II in Kraków, as the precious relics of the saint are stored here.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandKalwaria Zebrzydowska park is a Mannerist architectural and park landscape complex and pilgrimage park, built in the 17th century as the Counter Reformation in the late 16th century led to prosperity in the creation of Calvaries in Catholic Europe.The park, located near the town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which took its name from the park, was added in 1999 to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Family Home of John Paul II, Wadowice, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandA modern exhibition featuring mementoes and a variety of multimedia exhibits constructs the life story of the Polish Pope.Duration: 1 hour

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Day Trip to Lagiewniki - Wadowice - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska From Krakow

This half day tour to Sister Faustina’s Sanctuary, Pope John Paul II’s home town and the Way of the Cross in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska will lead you through Pilgrimmage route of Polish most famous saints.First you will see the Lagiewniki Sanctuary in Krakow, which is well known thanks to Saint Sister Faustina, who lies in the church of St. Joseph, built in the 19th century. Faustina promulgated the worship of God’s Charity and painting "Jesus, I Trust You”. This painting is also placed in the church. Sister Faustina was blessed in Lagiewniki. The church became a destination place for numerous pilgrimages, and pilgrimages from all over Europe arrive to pray in front of the miraculous likeness and St. Faustina’s tomb.Then you vill visit the Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II in Lagiewniki - located close to the Shrine of Devine Mercy, the Have No Fear! Center is currently one of the most visited churches in Krakow. Dedicated to John Paul II, contains the relics and souvenirs of the Saint.Afterwards you will also pay visit to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - a popular destination for travellers and pilgrims. There is a famous Way of the Cross with 42 chapels illustrating the Christ’s passion. Among other historic sights, the noteworthy ones are: the church and the monastery of Friars Observants, dating back to the 17th century, as well as their rich furnishing. The famous, reportedly miraculous picture of Our Lady of Kalwaria is particularly interesting. Finally, you will arrive in Wadowice, the Town where St. John Paul II was born. You will visit His Family Home Museum and parish church dating back to the 15th century.

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Saint John Paul II Tour from Krakow with Private Transfers

You will start the tour with a 45-minute private transfer from your hotel or accommodation in Krakow to the city of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, one of the most frequently visited pilgrimage centers of Poland and home to the Calvary Sanctuary.Your driver will then take you to Wadowice, home town of John Paul II, where you will be able to taste the famous Polish Papal Cream Cake "Kremówka", visit the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Family Home of John Paul II Museum.When you finish the tour in Wadowice, your driver will take you to the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki on the way back to Krakow. It is also possible to visit the John Paul II Sanctuary in Krakow and the museum at the John Paul II Centre. The total duration of this tour including transfers from and back to Krakow is around 6 hours.

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Krakow 2-Day Tour with Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa

ItineraryDay 1: In the Footsteps of John Paul II from KrakowPass By: Cracow Tours, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandSituated by the Vistula river, Krakow is the cradle of Polish culture anda characteristic urban phenomenon. It is the former capital of Poland, the place of coronation and later the burial ground of almost all Polish monarchs. For a long time it has been attracting scholars with the oldest university in the country, artists with the cultural climate and pilgrims with the sanctuaries and holy relics. Since the beginning, Kraków has also been enticing tourists with its atmosphere, monuments, and recently also the memory of Pope John Paul II.The legendary founder of the city was Prince Krak, the vanquisher of the Wawel Dragon (the effigy of the beast stands at the foot of Wawel Hill). Remnants of the oldest history of the city have been preserved in two mounds dating from the 7th century called the Wanda and Krak mounds. The first historical information about Krakow is contained in a 10th-century note of Ibrahim ibn Jakub. In the book of Muhammad al-Idrisi (dating from the 12th century) Krakow is described as a “beautiful and large city with many houses, residents, markets, vineyards and gardens.” At the beginning of the 12th century Gallus Anonymous depictedKrakow as a thriving metropolis and wrote in his Chronicles: “Krakow, the capital city, excels all Polish cities.” Krakow was founded according to the Magdeburg law (by Bolesław V the Chaste) on the 5 June 1257. district) was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural HeritageSites in 1978 as the first of its kind.It is important for the residents of Krakow to cultivate their traditions such as the annual nativity crib contest or the Lajkonik wandering in the octave of theCorpus Christi (June) from Zwierzyniec to the Main Market Square.Among the many eminent people connected to Krakow are the Pope John Paul II; the Nobel Prize poets Czesław Miłosz and Wislawa Szymborska; the founder of the avant-garde theatre Cricot-2, Tadeusz Kantor; the playwright Stanisław Mrozek; Stanislaw Lem – the legend of Polish fantasy writing; Stanislaw Wyspianski – a painter, poet, playwright, designer and the author of works such as the stained glass decorating the Franciscan Church; and Dr. Feliks “Manggha” Jasinski– the benefactor of the Japanese collection displayed currently in the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology funded by Andrzej Wajda. Stop At: Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThis is one of the most important sanctuaries in the world: every year millions of pilgrims from various countries arrive here to contemplate Divine Mercy by the grave of Saint Sister Faustina and the Jesus, In You I Trust painting.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe modern church is a specific place of devotion to St John Paul II in Kraków, as the precious relics of the saint are stored here.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Santuario, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandKalwaria Zebrzydowska park is a Mannerist architectural and park landscape complex and pilgrimage park, built in the 17th century as the Counter Reformation in the late 16th century led to prosperity in the creation of Calvaries in Catholic Europe.The park, located near the town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which took its name from the park, was added in 1999 to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Family Home of John Paul II, Wadowice, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandA modern exhibition featuring mementoes and a variety of multimedia exhibits constructs the life story of the Polish Pope.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa the 'Black Madonna' Day Tour from KrakowStop At: Our Lady of Czestochowa / The Black Madonna, Czestochowa, Silesia Province, Southern PolandJasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa It is the holiest place of Poland and one of the world’s most iThe Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland, is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Jasna Gora, Czestochowa, Silesia Province, Southern PolandJasna Gora Sanctuary in Czestochowa It is the holiest place of Poland and one of the world’s most iThe Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland, is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Zamek Pieskowa Skala, Suloszowa, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe scenic valley of the Prądnik is dominated by Pieskowa Skała Castle, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Poland.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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Wadowice and Lagiewniki John Paul II private tour

Tour includes visit to Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki , Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery and Wadowice , home town of Pope John Paul II. Wadowice -the Birthplace of John Paul II is the town located about 50 km south-west of Krakow. During this tour you will visit the places connected with John Paul II , including the house at Koscielna 7 street where he was born and spent his childhood.Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - is a small town situated 35 km on the south-west of Krakow between Krakow and Wadowice. You will visit The Shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - one of the most often visited pilgrimage places in Poland . As a historical architectural , park landscape and the pilgrimage complex-the basilica, the Franciscan Monastery and the avenues was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.Lagiewniki - Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy-located on the southern outskirts of Krakow On return way to Krakow you will have opportunity to visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and the local convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and you can pay homage to the relics of St. Faustina.Tour Itinerary:-Transfer to Wadowice -up to 1 hour-tour in the family house John Paul II-walking around Wadowice Main Square and visit to Parish Church where Polish Pope was baptised-transfer to Kalwaria Zabrzydowska-tour in Kalwaria Monastery-drive back to Krakow and visit to Łagiewniki Sanctuary of Divine Mercy

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