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The shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is one of the most often visited pilgrimage places in Poland. More than a million pilgrims arrive here every year. The most frequented event is the celebration of the Holy Week with the Glorious Mystery of the Lord and the Burial and Triumph of Our Lady Celebrations. The Sanctuary in Kalwaria is situated on the slopes of Lanckorona mountain (530m) and Zar mountain (572m) in the 44km distance south west of Cracow and 14 km south of Wadowice (Place of birth of Pope John Paul II). The Sanctuary comprises a baroque basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, a Franciscan (OFM) monastery and of a group of churches and chapels in baroque and mannerist style located on the area of 6 square kilometres and introduced into a picturesque landscape of the Beskidy. The whole complex resembles holy places in Jerusalem by its topographic and architectural composition. Thus it is a specific copy of Jerusalem Via Dolorosa with its chapels to practice considerations on the Passion of Christ and Our Lady’s Life Mysteries.

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