41 chapels and churches at one place, pilgrimes, monks
Can be extremely crowded during religious holidays.
We saw this tourist train when we visited. I don't know where it runs to but I imagine it must take you to some chapels that are further away on the nearby hill. There is an information office in the main complex behind the Benectine church which will have the information. Since we were there late in the afternoon it was already closed.more
The squire of Krakow, Mikolaj Zebrzydowski commissioned the church and monestry in 1600 for the Bernardine Order. Seeing a resemblance of the area to the site of Jerusalem, he set about creating a place of worship similar to that in the Holy City.The more pilgrims that arrived, the more churches were built, until there were 40 in total.The church...more
Our Lady of the Angels' Basilica is composed of a few parts including a high and wide nave with four bays separated by pilasters. The main nave adjoined to the former church on the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries in the late Baroque style. It's highly decorated with wall and roof paintings.more
If you don't have good sight... look at my picture. It's a wall-painting inside a dome of the basilica - 7 x zoomed in for you :-)There are original paintings made by Wlodzimierz Tetmajer about 1914 there (Birth of BVM, the Annunciation of the BVM, Coronation of the BVM). He was famous Polish poet and painter. He studied painting in Krakow, Munich,...more
When we came inside the basilica there was an evening mass for local monks. They were praying for health of pope John Paul II and singing wonderful songs.So we couldn't take pictures not to disturb prayers... except a few pictures :-). It's a pity that when the mass ended they switched light off, so I wasn't able to take more pictures.more
There is a statue of pope John Paul II in front of the basilica.He has visited the sanctuary a lot of times and he is strongly connected to Kalwaria shrine. He came here with pilgrimages as a young boy with his father from the nearby Wadowice - his birthplace and later from Krakow as a priest.He visited Kalwaria Zebrzydowska as a pope twice: in...more
There is a stone portal closed with columns which leads to the Basilica. This door was closed when we visited the basilica - the side entrance to the basilica (to the right) was opened.Look up, above the portal where is a stone carved cartouche with Magdalena Czartoryska’s coats of arms and over it an Our Lady statue (1837) in a window. Add...more
Take a look at the Basilica facade from the Paradise Square. It comprises a central part (as wide as the width of the nave), divided into two floors and topped with a triangular gable and two towers standing a little back. It's typical baroque facade easy to find in Poland. Great examples of baroque architecture outside Poland? - Karlskirche in...more
Look at the stone saints standing in front of the basilica.There are figures of, counting from the north, St. Bernardino of Sienna, St. Louis, St. Clare, Our Lady, Jesus Christ, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bonaventure, St. Anthony of Padua and Bl. Simon of Lipnica.Haha, Kathy said that one of them must had been from Texas, he had a hat (Texican?)....more
The Paradise Square framed with cloisters dating from 1823 and 1834 at the north and the south. The square surface and the cloisters were renovated recently and look pretty now, at least in my opinion.Only trees are higher and higher and don't allow to amaze the view to surrounding valleys now.more
At the front the Paradise Square is closed with an iron balustrade and ten stone posts, which support stone figures of saints. The basilica stands on a hill a little upper the square so you can have nice view to the square and surrounding mountains and valleys from a front of the basilica especially if you are lucky to have better weather than me.more
Partyzantow 6A, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, 34-130, Poland
Good for: Couples
"Jadlodajnia" in Polish language means canteen. There are many seats in the open air under the roof and few seats inside the building. They offer simple food at a lower than usual price for numerous pilgrimes in summer season (June - September).
There is a restaurant (7.00 am to 9.00 pm) and cafe (7.00 am to 10.00 pm) there as well.
Favorite Dish: I would try Polish traditional soups: Zurek (Polish sour rye soup ) or grochowa (pea soup).
BY BUSThe best possibility (although still not comfortable) if you don't have a car and don't want to spend money for a taxi.Departures from Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: click here. Choose fast bus (marked in red), normal buses are very sloooow.Departures from Krakow: click here, click on top left (Odjazdy z dworca PKS w Krakowie = departures from PKS...more
BY TRAINHmm... not my recommendation although it's cheap. From Krakow Glowny (Main Railway Station) you must get to Krakow Plaszow station first (by train prefferably). Then take a train (only a few daily) towards Bielsko-Biala. Finally get a taxi or a bus from the railway station to the sanctuary. It takes... at least 2 hours! - 36 km (22.4 mi) by...more
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is located in southern Poland, 36 km (22.4 mi) southwest of Krakow, 14 km (8.7 mi) east of Wadowice - birthplace of pope John Paul II and 37 km (23 mi) southeast of Auchwitz (Oswiecim) - former Nazi concentration camp, memorial and museum now.BY CAR:From Krakow:drive 16 km (10 mi) southwards Highway E77 (direction Chyzne,...more
There are a lot of portraits of a pope John Paul II not exclusively at churches/chapels of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska but in private homes as well. People do respect him very much in this area. No wonder, he was there many times as a kid and then a priest and bishop of Krakow and recently in 2002 as a pope.more
I noticed that there are fresh flowers in all places, I mean statues, commemorating plates dedicated to Polish heroes in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. They were put by a statue of a pope John Paul II as well.It seems that people (locals, visitors, authorities?) put a lot attention to their traditions in this area.more
There are no (OK, almost no) direction signs or information tables in English. Everything is exclusively in Polish language, hehe, add some inscriptions in Latin. Look at my picture: "KAPLICA" means chapel, "MB Bolesnej" means Our Lady of Sorrows. Hmm... better buy a guide-book with delailed map of the area. Available in a souvenir shop at the...more
We arrived in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska late afternoon. I tried to take pictures at bad light and first of all inside the basilica. But I didn't have a tripod.Keep in mind that a built in flash on most cameras will only light up an area between 10 and 20 feet (= 3 - 6 m) in front of the camera. My camera's shutter opens and has to stay open for up to...more
There is an exposition of photographs taken during pope John Paul II visits to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska in 1979 and 2002. It's located in a corridor at the backside of the basilica.Roman catholic pope John Paul II was born 14 km (8.7 mi) east of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska in a town called Wadowice. He came here many times with pilgrimages as a young boy...more
The three side chapels of the basilica: Our Lady of Kalwaria, St. Anthony’s and The Chapel of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary are covered by smaller or larger domes. There is interesting observation point in a small tower on the top of each dome (called lantern), hmm... unaccesible for visitors.more
Look up at the top of the basilica chapels. Our Lady of the Angels' Basilica is composed of a high and wide nave with four bays separated by pilasters, of a narrower and lower rectangular presbytery, of a monastic quire (behind the great altar) and of adjoining south side chapels, Our Lady of Kalwaria, St. Anthony’s and The Chapel of Immaculate...more
There is a 8 km long pilgrim's path that takes you around the 40 chapels which are said to resemble the one in Jerusalem. You can view a map on the second photo.On the first photo you see the main complex of the Benedictine church and its surroundings. In the front of the church there is a biggish square and on one side you will find souvenir...more
There are public phones available just outside House of Pilgrim (Dom Pielgrzyma) - look at my picture. Warning: international calls are still very expensive in Poland - it should change in a few years. Usually it's a few times more expensive to call abroad from Poland than from abroad to Poland (7 times reffering to New Zealand for example -...more