Interesting Places in Poland associated with John Paul II
There are many famous Polish people that are instantly recognizable by most people when they hear their names. One of the most significant and beloved of such historical figures was John Paul II – the Polish pope. Ever since he was chosen for the pope in October of 1978, he visited many countless people from many countries, sharing the Word of God. Anywhere he went, he was always welcomed with wide opened arms. Today, the Polish pope is commemorated in many museum, monuments and other attractions. This article will introduce you to the most interesting Polish places associated with John Paul II.
The Family Home of John Paul II in Wadowice
The Family Home of John Paul II in Wadowice is a modern multimedia exhibit, that introduces visitors to the history of Karol Wojtyla – „the man, who became the pope”. It is partially locates inside the authentich rooms, where he spent the first 18 years of his life.
The Wojtyla family apartment is one of 16 zones, which are combined into the entire exhibit with the surface of 1200 square meters. The original layout and decoration of the Wojtyla family home was carefully recreated based on the reports of Karol’s neighbors and close friends.
The Papal Car Museum in Kielce
In the Papal Car Museum in Kielce, tourists can see the reconstructed car, in which John Paul II used to travel during his first pilgrimage to Poland.
The concept of the original papal car was created by Zbigniew Gonciarz in 1979, who used to work in the Industrial automotive Institute. Based on the personal request of John Paul II, one of the cars, in which he would travel through Poland was supposed to be produced in Poland.
The car was created in PIMot. Several dozens of specialists were involved in its construction.
The Chapel of John Paul II in the Wieliczka Salt Mine
The Chapel of John Paul II in the Wieliczka Salt Mine is probably the deepest temple with the Polish pope as its patron. It is decorated in a very modern way and surprises visitors not only with its creative shapes of salt scultpures, but also with a multimedia show of music lights and images, which was inspired by the Gospel of St. John and the words of st. John Paul II. The current installation of the chapel includes holographic projections and interactive elements associated with the papal pilgrimages.
The Museum of John Paul II’s coins and medals in Czestochowa
The Museum of John Paul II’s coins and medals in Czestochowa is a collection of 11.000 artefacts, most of which include coins from more than 100 Apostolic Journeys of the Polish pope.
The history of this museum began with a private collection of a passionate from London named Wojciech Grabowski. When the 1.5-ton collection of more than 3500 coins and medals couldn’t fit in his house anymore, he sold it to Krzysztof Witkowski, who turned it into a museum. The institution, which was reopened after the renovation finished in March of 2020, allows visitors to admire the collection of more than 11.000 artefacts.
The Museum of John Paul II and Stefan Wyszynski in Warsaw
The Museum of John Paul II and Stefan Wyszynski in Warsaw is a modern, multimedia exhibit dedicated to two of the most important religious people of the 20th century – John Paul II and Stefan Wyszynski. The exhibit has a multimedia character, In each of the rooms you can heat the voice or see a picture with the recording of one of the museum’s patrons.
In the central point of the exhibit, visitors can enter the giant, wooden boat, where they can sit down and saee the surrounding cabinets with fragments of the most important quotes from John Paul II’s Apostolic Journeys to Poland.