Wadowice

 

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The small city of Wadowice lies 50 km from Krakow and is well known in Poland, mainly because of one thing. It was here where Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) was born on 18th May 1920. First written record of Wadowice dates from 1325. At that time the town belonged to Silesian dukes.


The main tourist attraction here is Pope’s childhood house which has been turned into the Museum of the Holy Father John Paul II, with objects relating to his early life. There is also interesting tall Parish Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. Church was built in 1791 – 1798 and replaced an earlier Gothic church of which only the chancel remained. In this church the future pope was baptized on 20th June 1920, which is commemorated by a tablet. Next to church there is a small market place.



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