January 4, 2020: Statue of Pope John Paul II, Krakow


Situated on Wawel Hill, just across from the city's historic Wawel cathedral, is a statue of Krakow's most beloved resident, Pope John Paul II.   I was wondering why this spot was chosen and a little research subsequently showed why.

Wawel Hill, Krakow (140)

Karol Jozef Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II in 1978,  performed his first Mass as a priest in the Crypt of St. Leonard at the Wawel Cathedral in 1946.  He was also ordained as Krakow's auxiliary bishop in the Cathedral in 1958.

.Wawel Hill, Krakow (141)

The statue is a reasonable likeness of the man during his final years, but for me it did not capture the spirit of John Paul II, who was a person of consequence.  But one of several monuments to the Pope scattered around Krakow.

Wawel Hill, Krakow (142)


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