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Krakow - the pilgrimage and religious centre

Krakow - the pilgrimage and religious centre

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Krakow is known as the “Second Rome” – due to the large number of churches, sanctuaries and tombs of the Saints and Blessed. It is an important centre of religious tourism, both on a national and international scale.
Most pilgrims, more than 2 million a year, are attracted by the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki. On the first Sunday after Easter, the faithful come from all over the world to participate in the Feast of the Divine Mercy and to pray before the painting of Merciful Jesus and relics of St. Faustina Kowalska. Important is also the cult of St. Stanislaus, bishop and martyr, who rests at the Cathedral on the Wawel Hill. Great celebrations in his honour are held on Sunday within the octave of 8 May, when the procession with the relics is setting off from the Wawel Hill to Skałka. Also many other Saints rest in Krakow. The relics of St. Queen Jadwiga are in the Wawel Cathedral; of St. Simon of Lipnica in the Bernardine Church, of St. Hyacinth in the Dominican Basilica, of St. John of Kanty in the Collegiate Church of St. Anne, of St. Brother Albert Chmielowski in the Ecce Homo Sanctuary, of St. Stanislaus of Kazimierz in the Church of Corpus Christi. Also, in other churches there are the graves of the blessed and those who died in holiness. In addition to the cult of relics, the cult of Mary, associated with the benevolent images, inter alia, in the Carmelites Church in Piasek, has been developing for centuries. The place of cult is also Mogiła in Krakow, where in the Cistercian Church there is the Sanctuary of Jesus Crucified. The cult of the miraculous crucifix has been developing here since the middle ages. In particular, many pilgrims arrive to Mogiła in the octave of the Feast of the Cross (14.09). Another important place is the Ecce Homo Sanctuary, with the miraculous image of Christ Scourged. Many sacred and secular objects are related to Blessed Pope John Paul II, who spent much of his life in Krakow. Currently, near the Sanctuary in Łagiewniki, the “Have no Fear” Centre and the Sanctuary of St. Pope John Paul II are being built. Krakow is not only a pilgrimage centre for the Catholics but also for the followers of Judaism. In Kazimierz, in the former Jewish district, many pilgrims of this religion visit the grave of Rabbi Moses Isserles situated at the Remuh Synagogue, which is still an active place of prayers.

Shrines and churches in Krakow

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