Ioannes Paulus II Peninsula

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Coordinates: 62°31′43″S 60°45′58″W / 62.52861°S 60.76611°W / -62.52861; -60.76611

Location of Ioannes Paulus II Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
Ioannes Paulus II Peninsula (in the background) from Kuzman Knoll.
Topographic map of Livingston Island.
H.H. Benedict XVI views the peninsula on the 2005 Bulgarian map of Livingston Island.
Livingston Island peninsulas.

Ioannes Paulus II Peninsula (Bulgarian: Полуостров Йоан Павел II Poluostrov Yoan Pavel II Bulgarian pronunciation: [poluˈɔstrov joˈan ˈpaveɫ fˈtɔri]) is an ice-covered peninsula on the north coast of Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica that is bounded by Hero Bay to the east and Barclay Bay to the west. It extends 13 km in length in north-south direction and is 8 km wide. Its north extremity is formed by the ice-free Cape Shirreff, an area visited by early 19th century sealers. The peninsula's interior is occupied by Oryahovo Heights.

The feature is named after Pope John Paul II (1920–2005) for his contribution to world peace and understanding among people.


The peninsula is located at 62°31′43″S 60°45′58″W / 62.52861°S 60.76611°W / -62.52861; -60.76611 (British mapping in 1822 and 1968, Chilean in 1971, Argentine in 1980, Spanish mapping in 1991, and Bulgarian topographic survey Tangra 2004/05 and mapping in 2005 and 2009).

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This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.