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Wadowice is a town 70 km west of Kraków, 5 km west of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and 40 km south of Oświęcim in the Western Beskids in southern Poland.


Wadowice is a pretty small town with a late baroque church. Karol Wojtyła, the later pope John Paul II, was born there in 1920.

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It is easily accessible from Kraków and Katowice by car, bus or train.


Basilica in Wadowice
Birth house of JP II
  • 1 Birth House of Karol Wojtyła, Kościelna 7, +48 33 823 35 65. Now a museum.
  • 2 St. Mary Basilica, plac Jana Pawła II 1. This is the church where Karol Wojtyła was baptized.



Numerous cafes around the market square sell famous papal cake (kremówka).



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