Birthplace of John Paul II - his house, church and museum
The Basilica and museum can get quite crowded
Birthplace of Pope John Paul ll
Pope John Paul II was born as Charles Joseph Wojtyla 15th May 1920 in this house of Wojtyla family on my picture. The possesion was renovated and there is a museum there since 1984.There are a lot of original papers of the pope and his photographs as well inside. Add personal belongings like his skis, backpack, oar and a lot of his hand-writings....more
This is one of many statues of this Pope in Wadowice. Apparently it is known by locals as 'The Cream Cake Statue'! The reason? - During John Pauls visit to Wadowice in 1992, he sat very near to this spot and reminiced about his early life in the town. He mentioned how, he and his friends would enjoy kremówki (cream cakes) which they bought from a...more
The distinctive clock tower of the basilica, with its onion domed cupola shows the time for the people of Wadowice and visitors, the 4 clocks are easily visible from different directions. On the wall of the church, is another time piece that is less visible, but could easily be seen by the young Karol Wojtyla from his window.During his papal visit...more
Admission to this museum is free (Donations expected)This was the home of the Wojtyła family of Karol, his wife Emilie and 13 year old son, Edmund from 1919, where they rented two rooms on the upper floor, of a property owned by a Jewish merchant named Yechiel Balamuth**. The following year, Karol Josef was born, he was the third child born to...more
Also known as The Basilica of the Presentation (or Devotion) of the Blessed Virgin or The Parish Church of the Oblation of the Holiest Virgin Mary!!Originally, a brick church, built in 1440 stood here, which was known as All Saints church. A fire in 1726 destroyed a large part of the building. It was rebuilt between 1792 and 1798. The church was...more
Facing the church along the main square, turn to your left for an excellent small restaurant. I'm sorry that I don't recall the name. Now that I've discovered VT, I'm much more careful about recording such information and taking photographs! We had lunch in the upstairs dinng room and it was lovely. The room was filled with local residents and other visitors.
Favorite Dish: Typical Polish cuisine was served and it was excellent and a good value.
We arrived to Wadowice before sunset but we left it at dark night. So, we were walking around the town square called John Paul II Square after darkness. We were looking at heavy lighted Baroque facade of Basilica of Devotion of Holy Virgin Mary. It looked even better at night.more
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A bus leaves Krakow main bus terminal every 30min and it is only 50km away from Krakow. There is also a train called the Pope Train which leaves Krakow main station at 8.55am, 12.55pm and 4.55pm stopping at Logievanki and Kalwaria Zebrydowska as well as Wadowice.There are many tour companies offering trips to Pope John Paul's II birthplacemore
We arrived to Wadowice by my car driving from Krakow via Kalwaria Zebrzydowska towards my hometown Tychy on Highway 96. We parked a car on town square (on the left of Highway 96) called Plac Jana Pawla II just by the basilica.Wadowice are located in southern Poland, 50 km (31 mi) southwest of Krakow, 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and...more
"Upominki, dewocjonalia, obrazy" means: souvenirs, devotional articles, paintings. It's a store when you can buy some items referring to pope as well: papal flags, statues of pope John Paul II, books and video-cassettes about him etc.HOURS:Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pmSat: 9am - 2.30pmSun: closed. Books or video-cassettes on life and work of John Paul II...more
On the street corner we found a lady selling smoked cheese I bought one sheeps milk and the other made with cows milk. We also saw them grilling these cheeses on an open fire in Krakow. These cheeses is made from salted unpasturised sheeps milk and pressed into spindle shapes and stored in brine.more
Over 95% of Poles living in Poland are Roman catholic. Most of Poles go to holy mass each Sunday. But in Wadowice they go to church often even on business days. We were surprised to see many prayers inside basilica in the evening of non-holiday day. Whatever is your religion it maybe interesting to watch catholic holy mass in the basilica.Holy Mass...more
Natives are proud of Wadowice most famous citizen - pope John Paul II. No wonder. You can find a lot of white-yellow papal flags around town. Add portraits of pope sometimes put in windows of private houses. I saw even a banner on a city hall building: City Hall of Wadowice trusts in Holy Father.more
Notice that places of interest including family home of pope John Paul II and town museum close at 5pm (October - April) or 6pm (May - September). And they are closed on Monday.
Gift store located at John Paul II square closes at 5pm (Mon-Fri) or 2.30pm (Sat). It's closed on Sunday.
We arrived in Wadowice late afternoon. I tried to take pictures at bad light and first of all inside the basilica. But I didn't have a tripod. Hmm... look at my picture :-(((.
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 several seconds for enough light to hit the film to make an image at dark night or bad lighted interiors. The problem: most people cannot hold a camera perfectly still for more than a small fraction of a second - usually more than 1/30 or 1/45 s.
Miscellaneous: So, if you want to take pictures at night or inside the buidings you must use a tripod, never mind how good (and expensive :-) is your camera. Hmm... I still must buy a tripod for my camera. I think about two tripods: one mini-tripod, very small, primitive one, I could say but cheap, light and easy to carry with me. And the second: real, professional tripod with a bag.
Not so easy to choose from :-):
SLIK tripods (Japan)
MANFROTTO tripods (Italy)
about tripods on photo.net
Have you ever heard about Walesa and Solidarity movement?Look at logo of "Solidarity" by the entrance to the town museum. There is a headquarter of local Solidarity trade union there.HISTORICAL BACKGROUND"Solidarity" that is "Solidarnosc" in Polish was born as a trade union after the Gdansk shipyard strike and many more strikes throughout Poland in...more
There is a commerating plate on the wall of pope John Paul II house. The inscription is in Polish. My translation:In this house Karol Jozef Wojtyla was born on 18th May 1920 and he lived there, pope John Paul II.It's the most popular place of taking pictures in Wadowice, I am sure. Even at night :-).more
I am not crazy about any religion but... it was great and moving for me to see a house when pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) was born. He was elected the head of the Roman Catholic Church on 16th October 1978 and took the name of John Paul II. He is the first non-Italian pope for over 300 years. To see the family house of pope John Paul II.more
Looking at the house and courtyard of former papal house I thought about that day he was unexpectadly chosen a pope. Haha, I remember that day: 16 Oct. 1978. All church bells started to ring in Krakow that day. Next day there were long queques to buy newspapers although the communist mass media put exclusively small official info on that event....more