Krakow’s John Paul II Sanctuary
Have No Fear! John Paul II Center in
is destined to be the main shrine to the saintly Pope who led
the Catholic Church into its third millenium and made an
indelible mark on the world. The vast complex has been
designed to accommodate a number of Catholic institutions,
such as a Volunteerism Center and the Institute of John Paul
II, as well as churches and chapels. The center is
conveniently situated in close proximity to the famous
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.
At the heart of the sanctuary of John Paul II
Even as the complex generally remains a busy construction
site, it already attracts pilgrims. The chief magnet for
them is an octagonal basement shrine to John Paul II known
as the “lower church” of the sanctuary or the Church of the
Relics (Kosciol Relikwi). Although windowless it looks
cheerful thanks to bright lighting and pale decor with
vividly-colored pictures depicting events from the
pontificate of Pope John Paul II, namely his visits to the
world’s most famous Marian sanctuaries. The centerpiece of
the shrine is a rather simple marble altar in the middle
that contains a phial with the relic of the blood of Sain
John Paul II displayed in a glass case.
Holy Mass is said in the church every day at 8 a.m., 10
a.m., noon, and 5 p.m.
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
neighbors on the John Paul II Center.
Visiting Krakow’s John Paul II Center
The sanctuary of Saint John Paul II is situated in the Lagiewniki neighborhood of Krakow, some four kilometers
south of the
Old town historical center. It’s accessible on
foot from the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy after a five minutes
walk (motorists may use a sizable car park at the Divine
Mercy Sanctuary). There are two access roads for cars,
Herberta street from the east and Marcika street from the
west (ul. Zakopianska throughway).
Note: The footpath linking sanctuary of Saint
John Paul II with the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy is
inaccessible and off limits now, due to construction of a
new traffic artery in the area.
GPS coordinates 50 0’ 52’’ N, 19 56’ 20’’ E.
Pilgrim's guide to Krakow
Contact information for the John Paul II Sanctuary
Postal address: Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II, ul.
Totus Tuus 32, 30-610 Krakow, Poland. Phone (+48) 122575315.
In the footsteps of Pope John Paul II
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
The world center of the Catholic spiritual
Poland’s second holiest shrine at the site of St.
Stanislav’s 1079 martyrdom. Splendid Baroque church and fine
monastery modeled on a Renaissance castle.
Hilltop monastery-fortress dates from the 11th c.
Magnificent 17th-century Baroque hermitage complex atop
the Silver Mountain hovers over Krakow.
St. Norbert's Convent
Vast fortified complex on the Vistula river is home to
Krakow’s once powerful Premonstratensian Sisters since the 12th