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St. Anne's Church, Warsaw PILGRIMAGES

Sanctuaries - the places of worship make part of Poland's religious and cultural heritage. All around the country there are sanctuaries to the Lord, to the Virgin Mary or those connected with the cult of Saints. Many of them attract foreign tourists, even those who are not pilgrims, because of the interesting sacral architecture and location in pretty places. We can plan itineraries solely for pilgrims' purposes but we can also incorporate sanctuaries into general sightseeing tours.

Here are some examples of popular pilgrimage destinations:

Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa Black Madonna in Czestochowa - often called the spiritual capital of Poland. The Chapel of the Miraculous Picture contains the icon known as the Black Madonna. The monastic museum is full of art pieces and votive offerings.

Lagiewniki in Cracow - the Sanctuary of Our Lord's Mercy. Saint Faustina spent most of her life in the Lagiewniki monastery and she is buried here.

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - The baroque church (17th c.) contains the famous miraculous picture of Our Lady of Calvary. The so-called Calvary paths lined with shrines, chapels and small churches are picturesquely set up on hills and in the valley. This architectural and landscape complex was added in 1999 to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Wadowice Wadowice - the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. You can visit the house where he was born and the basilica with the baptismal font by which little Karol Wojtyla was baptized. During his visit to Wadowice in 1999, the Pope recalled: "Here everything began".

Wambierzyce - a Sanctuary of Our Lady with very attractive architecture; on a hill in the centre of the town, pyramid-shaped steps lead up to a monumental baroque basilica and a group of Cavalry Chapels.

Sw Lipka - the Marian Sanctuary. Its Jesuit monastic complex is considered the most beautiful baroque construction in northern Poland. The three-nave basilica has a very impressive and richly adorned interior. Built in 1721, its baroque organ has figures of saints and angels that can be put in motion by a special mechanism.

Czestochowa Many pilgrims travel around Poland "in the footsteps" of Pope John Paul II or they follow the traces of a selected saint like Sister Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe or Blessed Priest Jerzy Popieluszko.

Tell us what your priorities are and we shall plan a pilgrimage tour together with you.

Jadwiga Weralska

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