John Paul II Centre

  ul. Totus Tuus 32 (Łagiewniki) ,   Łagiewniki          (+48) 12 257 53 15     30 Oct 2023
Located in Łagiewniki, within convenient 15mins walking distance of the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, the ambitious ‘Have No Fear!John Paul II Centre (the official name of which refers to his famous words during his inauguration speech) is a large complex devoted to the legacy and spiritual teachings of every Pole’s favourite Pope, including many facilities for pilgrims. The primary highlights for visitors are the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II - a chapel with relics of the former pope, including a vial of his blood and the blood-stained cossack he was wearing during the 1981 assassination attempt on his life (open 07:30-18:00, in summer 07:30-19:00;; free (donation-based) guided tours in English available); the Museum of St. John Paul II - which displays the personal belongings of the Pope and a rich collection of papal gifts received during his world travels (open 9:00-17:00; exhibits 15/10zł each, 30/20zł for 3 exhibits;; and the observation tower - from which you'll see panoramic views of the surrounding area (open from April until mid-October only, 10:00-18:00; 5zł). There is also a cafe serving the Pope's beloved 'kremówka' cake (note that there's no other proper food available).

Thanks to years of construction to make sure that this site has its very own train station, the JPII Centre is easier to get to than ever before. Regional trains run every 2-3hrs (that's it? after all that effort?) from Kraków Główny to the 'Kraków Sanktuarium' stop located here (20min journey), and the site is also well-connected by tram (about 40mins). There is also a 'Papal Bus Service' which runs direct from Bishop's Palace (ul. Franciszkańska 3) to the JPII Centre every hour on the hour from 09:00-18:00 (ticket 10zł). For live public transport info and connections, check out Parking is also plentiful, or a cab will cost you about 20-30zł.

Average visiting time: 1hr.


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Open 07:30-19:00. Sun 07:30-21:00.


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