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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

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.

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Other Attractions in the area:


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. 


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. 



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. 


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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