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Cracow

Home to Pope John Paul II and a city that loved him dearly. Religion is very important to the Polish people and there is nowhere that this is more obvious than in Cracow.

I bought a christmas music box in the Cloth Hall and asked the shop owner to post it to Australia. He had no motivation to spend the time and money to post it other than his honesty. Sometimes you just have to believe that people are usually honest though. Well, long story, short - it arrived safely.

Cracow is also the closest main town to Auschwicz-Birkenau. Visit Auschwitz

Wawel Castle dominates Cracow. these are just some of the cupolas in the church of St Peter and St Paul

Castle grounds and the church

Another view of the grounds and church

A humourous sculpture in the Market Square - I think the square is the largest in Europe!

Another park near our Hostel with a lovely statue honouring Pope John Paul II

Wawel Castle - as you approach the entrance

A beautiful building on the Market Square

Church of St Peter and St Paul

Wawel Castle tower

Inside the castle - the decorations are being painstakingly restored.

The Polish version of "gothic architecture" - it was mainly brick.

Inside the Franciscan Church opposite the Archbishop's Palace where John Paul often stayed when he visited.

Memorial to John Paul II

The view from the walls of Wawel Castle

The elaborate confessional in the Franciscan Church

"The Window" where Pope John Paul II often blessed the faithful waiting opposite

The unusual towers of St Mary's Church on the Market Square

The Cloth Hall on Market Square

In downtown Cracow

A typical wall shrine on the wall of the Passionist Monastery

The Katin Memorial to the thousands of Polish army officers (and others) massacred by the Soviets during World War II

The elegant entrance to the Royal Hotel

St Finian;s Gate into the old town of Cracow

The coffin of St Jadwiga - she was canonised by John Paul II

The impressive altar piece of the Church of St Peter and St Paul

The magnificent interior of St Peter and St Paul.

Elaborate ceiling painting in a side chapel of St Peter and St Paul.

The Cloth Hall on Market Square.

The bell tower on Market Square

The Church of St Mary's. Pope John Paul was a priest here at some time (I think)!

Commemorating the connection of Pope John Paul II to St mary's Church

Buggys for hire on the Market Square

The "rocking Harley" and Michael drooling!

Long view of the Cloth Hall

Auschwitz-Birkenau