Places we visit during CESS


An historic village founded in the 14th Century. Famous for picturesque ruins of its Medieval Castle, romantic panoramas of the Beskid mountains, and a market square with unique, 19th Century wooden architecture. Together with nearby Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Lanckorona is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

The Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park (UNESCO World Heritage List). Consists of: a basilica dedicated to the Madonna of the Angels, a convent of the minor Franciscan friars, and a series of chapels situated in an area of six kilometres, dedicated to the Passion of Jesus and to the life of the Madonna.

Krakow of John Paul II

Before becoming Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła lived in Krakow for four decades – practically his entire adult life up to that point. It was here that he spent his formative years as a student, seminarian and priest, a theologian and a philosopher, a playwright and a poet.

The Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec

The oldest monastery in Poland, was founded in the second half of the 11th century and rebuilt in the 15th century in Gothic style. The architectural complex of the Abbey is beautifully located on the rocky bank of the Vistula River, 12 km from the historical centre of Krakow. The Abbey is open to guests wishing to experience the living Benedictine tradition.

Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy – Krakow Łagiewniki

The sanctuary is situated in the buildings of the monastery of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. St Faustyna Kowalska (1905–1938) lived and died in this Monastery in the period between the World Wars.

Wadowice: The Holy Father John Paul II Family Home Museum

A reconstruction of a tenement house at No 7 Kościelna Street where the Wojtyła family lived before WWII, together with an impressive new multimedia exhibition.