The Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
The Pathways of the Calvary
The origins of the Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska go back to 1601, when Mikołaj Zebrzydowski, voivoda of Krakow, on Mount Żarek (in the Żar group) erected a chapel dedicated to the Crucifixion of Christ, following a model in chalk of the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Shortly thereafter, Mikołaj Zebrzydowski decided to build a chapel dedicated to the Tomb of Christ (following the model of the chapel with the same name in Jerusalem) along with a modest convent.
For the development of the Calvary, the decisive element was the reading of the writings of Adrichomius. These works, in which the writer describes the Holy Land at the time of Jesus Christ, inspired Mikołaj Zebrzydowski to found new Calvaries.
Basing his ideas on the reading of Adrichomius, he built the stations dedicated to the Passion of Christ. Zebrzydowski, in fact, saw a notable similarity between his property, which stretched from Lanckorona to Żar, and the topography of Jerusalem. So, the hill of Żarek was called Golgotha, another hill near Lanckorona was “the Mount of Olives”, another near today’s chapel “the home of Caifa” Mount Zion, the hill for the future construction of the Palace of Pilate was Mount Moriah and the river of Skawinka Cedron.
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska became the holy place for all of believers who were and who are unable going to Jerusalem.
- Driving from your accomodation in Cracow to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (approximately 1-1,5 hour drive)
- Visiting the Sanctuary the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
- Time for individual prayer and contemplation
- Walking the paths of the Calvary
- Visiting the city of Wadowice – hometown of the Pope St. John Paul II
- Visiting the village of Lanckorona
- Driving back to Cracow (approximately 1-1,5 hours drive)
Meeting Point and Pilgrimage Duration
Meeting point options: Place of your accomodation / Adress
Duration: Approximately 6-8 hours
Transportation: Private – Minivan or SUV
Total Price: Approximately 200 USD or equivalent in a diffrent currency (for 1-6 people)
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