The John Paul II family house. The house where on the 18 May 1920 Karol Józef Wojtyła was born is now a museum in which many items can be seen which are connected with the childhood, youth and priest's work of the Polish Pope. The Museum was opened on the 18 May 1984 on the 64th birthday of Pope. It is situated on the first floor in the apartment of the Wojtyła family. There are childhood and school photographs and the work of Karol Wojtyła as Vicar, Bishop, Cardinal and as the Pope. There are also some objects from the family house and personal items such as his skis, backpack, and hat. Visits, except Monday, 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00, entry with shoe covers. Photo and video not permitted. Free entrance though a small donation is welcome.
Basilica of Offertory of Holy Mary in Wadowice. The earliest information concerning this church goes back to 1325. In 1440 fire destroyed the wooden church and a brick one was built (the presbytery comes from this epoch). Another fire (18 May 1726) destroyed the church and a late Baroque style church was built in its place. At the end of XIXc there were some changes in the church facade giving it a Neo Baroque form. In 1945 a bomb destroyed the church. On 25 March 1992 Pope John Paul II inaugurated the church as a Minor Basilica.
In one of the chapels of The Sainted Family there is a stone Baroque baptistery with golden cover where on 20 June 1920 Karol Wojtyła was baptized. In the left side nave chapel (behind the black bars) you will find the miraculous painting of the Holy Mother of Continuous Help, blessed by the Pope on the 16 June 1999. This miraculous painting has been venerated for more than 100 years. The young Karol Wojtyła prayed here everyday on his way to school.
On the church wall there is a sun clock which the Pope talked about when he visited Wadowice on the 16 June 1999: "...and when I looked through the window of my house I could see the sun clock and its inscription TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND ETERNITY IS WAITING...". This year the date, 2nd April 2005, was inscribed on the surface of the clock.
The miraculous painting of the Holy Mother was placed in this Calvary sanctuary in 1641. Crowds of pilgrims began to visit this holy place and it became the second most important pilgrimage destination to the Holy Mother in Poland after Jasna Góra in Częstochowa. The sanctuary consists of the Basilica complex, the Bernadine Convent and more than 40 chapels spread across the hills which create the Calvary route. There are two routes: Jesus the Lord and the Route of the Mother of God. Pilgrims walk them and stop and pray at the chapels that indicate the moments of Christ's suffering on the Way of the Cross or other religious events from the New Testament. This is the oldest and largest Calvary in Poland. It was built in the XVIIc by Mikołaj Zebrzydowski - the voivod of Kraków. Almost a million pilgrims visit it every year. The Sanctuary and the park with the Way of the Cross were placed on the UNESCO list (1 December 1999). You will need 3-4 hours to see everything here.