John Paul II Centre

  ul. Totus Tuus 32 (Łagiewniki)      (+48) 12 429 64 71     more than a year ago
Established by current Archbishop of Kraków (and close advisor to JPII) Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz to commemorate the legacy of every Pole’s favourite Pope, construction began on this new, ever-expanding and evolving complex in 2008, and as of yet no final completion date has been established. Located in Łagiewniki, within convenient 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 essentially a small ‘city within the city’ aimed at hosting conferences and accommodating pilgrims. Among the facilities are a hotel and conference centre, rehabilitation centre, meditation park (open), observation tower (open from April until the end of October, 4/2zł), Pilgrims’ House and cafe (open), Priests’ House, the John Paul II Institute (open), and the John Paul II Museum (under construction). At present the primary visitor highlights are the Sanctuary of Blessed John Paul II - a chapel with relics of the former pope, including a vial of his blood and more (open 08:00-18:00,; the John Paul II Institute - where visitors have the chance to see a copy of the famous and controversial Shroud of Turin (open 09:00 - 17:00, free admission); and a branch of the Archdiocesan Museum currently holding a temporary exhibit of souvenirs from the late pope’s world travels (open Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00, Sun 10:00 - 15:00; closed Mon, Tue. Admission 7/4zł). To get there take tram 8 from Plac Wolnica in the direction of Borek Fałęcki, getting off at ‘Sanktarium Bożego Miłosierdzia.’
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They are basically using the World Youth Days as a fundraiser for this ridiculously enormous religious complex. Please leave your donation in the box.
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