Bishop's Palace in Kraków


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It is the official residence of Krakow's bishops. Building was rebuilt many times in different styles. Its current look comes from the 17th century plus it was upgraded in Renaissance style in 1881 – 1884 by architect Tomasz Prylinski. Bishop's Palace was a residence of Karol Wojtyla when he was archbishop (later Pope John Paul II).

By the door there is a plaque which commemorates his first visit to Poland as a Pope in 1979. In the courtyard stands his statue with his arms raising in blessing. The window right above the entrance is well known as a “papal window”. It is because John Paul II used to show up there and speak when spontaneous crowds gathered in front of it while every Pope's visit in Krakow. Every year on 2nd April, thousand of flowers and ever-burning fires fill the huge area around the Bishop's Palace to commemorate the death of Polish Pope on 2nd April 2005.

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