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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$63.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

Our tour begins with a visit to Lagiewniki, which is connected with the cult of the Divine Mercy, the grave of St. Faustina Kowalska, who was canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium by John Paul II and St. John Paul II. Here you can find: the Divine Mercy Sanctuary and the “Have No Fear!” John Paul II Centre – a centre in Kraków dedicated to the life and work of Pope John Paul II, which also houses his relic: an ampoule with his blood. On the way to Wadowice – "the place where it all began" – we will visit the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999. In Wadowice, childhood hometown of John Paul ll, previously the Krakow archbishop Karol Wojtyla, we will visit the parish church where John Paul II was baptized and the house where he was born, which is now a museum. We will end our tour at the famous "papal window", in which John Paul II used to appear to talk and sing with the youth during all his visits, and where thousands of people were praying, holding candles, in his last days.

$98.82 Day Trips & Excursions

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.

$29.41 Day Trips & Excursions

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.

$235.29 Cultural & Theme Tours

Krakow 2-Day Tour with Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa

1. DayOur tour begins with a visit to Lagiewniki, which is connected with the cult of the Divine Mercy, the grave of St. Faustina Kowalska, who was canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium by John Paul II and St. John Paul II. Here you can find: the Divine Mercy Sanctuary and the “Have No Fear!” John Paul II Centre – a centre in Kraków dedicated to the life and work of Pope John Paul II, which also houses his relic: an ampoule with his blood. On the way to Wadowice – "the place where it all began" – we will visit the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.  In Wadowice, childhood hometown of John Paul ll, previously the Krakow archbishop Karol Wojtyla, we will visit the parish church where John Paul II was baptized and the house where he was born, which is now a museum. We will end our tour at the famous "papal window", in which John Paul II used to appear to talk and sing with the youth during all his visits, and where thousands of people were praying, holding candles, in his last days.2. DayIn the city of Czestochowa is Poland's national shrine and the icon which has drawn pilgrims from across the globe for centuries.The monastery of Jasna Gora is home to the miraculous "Black Madonna", a Gothic painting of Our Lady, which after Rome, Lourdes and Mecca makes Czestochowa one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world today. Your visit to the monastery includes the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica. Also, you can visit the 600th-Anniversary Museum, the Arsenal and the Treasury on your own, if you wish, while others on the tour have a break for lunch and buying souvenirs. On the way back from Czestochowa there will be stop over in Pieskowa Skala to visit a well-preserved Renaissance Castle along the Eagle Nests Trail.

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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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