John Paul II Centre

ul. Totus Tuus 34, 30-610 Kraków

The centre was set up to promote spirituality, culture, and traditions related to Pope John Paul II. It was raised on the premises of the former Solvay works where Karol Wojtyła laboured during the Second World War. The cornerstone was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI during his pilgrimage to Poland in 2006.

The heart of the Centre is the Sanctuary of St John Paul II: an octagonal church with a marble altar holding the Pope’s blood in a glass ampoule. In the Upper Church, the eye is drawn to the mosaic decorations by Father Marko Ivan Rupnik SJ. It is also the place where the cassock is kept that John Paul II wore on 13th of May 1981, during the attempt on his life on St Peter’s Square. It bears bloodstains until this day. The complex also includes the “House of John Paul II”, composed of a museum, library, and conference facility, as well as a centre for retreats and volunteer training, hotel facilities, green areas, and a playground for children.

Date: 2017-05-19 Show ticket
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