Sanctuary of the Passion and of the Madonna of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is one of the places most closely connected with the memory of St. John Paul II. He used to come here to pay tribute to the Calvarian Lady and to pray in the chapels and little churches along the Calvary Paths, surrounded by the peaceful landscape of the Beskids. Karol Wojtyła used to pilgrimage to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska from a very early age. He came here together with his pious father, and then on his own. This is how he recollected these visits: “Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the sanctuary of the Madonna and her paths… I have visited them many times since I was a little boy. I visited them as a priest, and particularly often as archbishop of Kraków and as cardinal…. Most often I would come here on my own so that nobody would know, not even the custodian of the monastery. The characteristic thing about Kalwaria is that it’s easy to hide in. So I came on my own and wandered down the paths of Jesus and his mother”. When he was elected Pope, he also came to Kalwaria to pray. As John Paul II, he visited the place twice more, in 1979 and 2002. Four years later, Kalwaria welcomed his Roman successor, Benedict XVI.
Monastery of the Bernardines,
ul. Bernardyńska 46, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska,
phone: +48 33 876 6304, www.kalwaria.eu