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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is a very important pilgrimage site in Poland, situated about 30km south-west of Kraków center. It was created as a faithful duplicate of Jerusalem. The entire complex consists of 42 chapels and shrines commemorating events in the life and Passion of Jesus Christ. Bernadine St. Mary Sanctuary consists of a network of countless paths. The buildings of Kalwria are spread over a huge mountainous area in the Beskid Makowiecki Mountains. In the Holy Week, there is organized a live play here, Mystery of the Passion. In May, of the Jubilee year 2000 Kalwaria was listed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage List, as a Religious and a Landscape Park.

The main reason for this decision was a unique combination of beautiful landscape with the spiritual experience, arriving visitors can experience here.

A walk around the park takes about five hours, so you might want to book a whole day to visit this exceptional place that combined’s the natural beauty of this area with a spiritual experience that is unique even on a global scale.

Individual tourists can visit the park by themselves. However, tourists in groups of minimum 15 people can book a guide who tells the story of Kalwaria, or that will lead a prayer on the Cross Road for pilgrims. Reservation can be made by calling 00 48 33 87 66 304.

There is also a restaurant, souvenir shop and a pilgrim house open all year-round on site.

Location and Other Attractions in the Area

Map of Kalwaria - Poland
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Kalwaria is easily found by following road number 7(E77) from Krakow towards Zakopane. Turn off on the junction signposted for Bielsko-Biała, road number 52. Kalwaria is about a half way to Wadowice along this road.

Distances to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska from:

Krakow:35km
Zakopane:98km
Oświęcim:46km

Other Attractions in the area:

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Sucha Beskidzka is a very attractive little tourist town. One of the most famous attractions here is the Renaissance castle, now known as "The Little Wawel" it was built from 1554 to 1580. 

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Wadowice is  a relatively small town, but it draws 1000s of tourists every year due to Pope John Paul the second. This was his birth town and where he grew up. 

 

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The Museum of Auschwitz & Auschwitz Birkenau is the only concentration camp to of been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The camp is located in the town of Oświęcim. 

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The Babie Góre National park is only a small part of the Beskidy Mountain Range. The most common place to enter the park is located by the village Zajowa. 

 

 

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