Why Kraków?

Krakow is a city of one million people in the very heart of Europe. Poland’s former capital, the cradle and the Pantheon of Polish kings. Krakow is a city of reflection and creation, city of the Pope Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina Kowalska.

Krakow has about 360 churches and cathedrals – seeing them all would be a great challenge. However, to understand their historical meaning for this city, one can definitely concentrate on the ones located in the center. Visiting the Mariacki Church, which is the central point of Krakow, is a must; here one can find the famous altar of Wit Stwosz, made between 1477-1489. Other venues close by not to be missed are the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on Grodzka street; the Church of St. Adalbert in the Market Square; and the Church of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist on Jana Street.

Travel to Krakow to visit the Blessed Sister Faustina Convent. Sister Faustina was the person to whom Jesus appeared in 1931 bringing the wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Asked to do so by the Lord, Sister Faustina painted the picture of His Divine Mercy with the inscription ‘Jesus I Trust in You .’ She was beatified on April 18, 1993 and her canonization took place on April 30, 2000. She was honored by becoming the first saint of this millennium, giving thus great emphasis the Divine Mercy Devotion. The relicts of John Paul II – the cruet with His blood, the crosier, and the plaque from His grave- are now in the Church of the Blessed John Paul II Center in Krakow Lagiewniki.

Only in Krakow...