Holy Father John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice

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Holy Father John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice
Dom Rodzinny Ojca Świętego Jana Pawła II w Wadowicach
Holy Father John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice
Established 18 May 1984
Director Magdalena Strzelecka CSFN
Website Holy Father John Paul II Family Home (in English)

The Holy Father John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice was the family apartment home of Karol Józef Wojtyła, the future Pope Saint John Paul II. It is located at 7 Kościelna Street in city of Wadowice in southern Poland.

It is a historic house museum that preserves this historic structure and houses a collection of objects that belonged to the future pope’s family. The museum also commemorates John Paul II’s life and his work in Poland until he left Kraków, Poland, for the Vatican in 1978.

In 1919, Karol Wojtyła’s family moved to the apartment house where they rented two rooms with a kitchen on the first floor. Karol Wojtyła was born in this house on 18 May 1920. After his mother’s death on 13 April 1929, Karol and his father occupied only one smaller room and the kitchen.

Karol Wojtyła lived in this house until 1938 when he moved with his father to Kraków, Poland, where the future pope and Catholic saint would enroll at Jagiellonian University.

The small apartment in which the Wojtyła family once resided is preserved as a museum since 1984.

Holy Father John Paul II Family Home
Courtyard within the family home

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Coordinates: 49°53′00″N 19°29′38″E / 49.8833°N 19.4938°E / 49.8833; 19.4938