List of places named after Pope John Paul II

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Pope Benedict XVI is shown a map of Ioannes Paulus II Peninsula in Antarctica.

Pope John Paul II was celebrated during his lifetime and later posthumously with several honours and as the namesake of several places and institutions. Such places often bear the name John Paul II but newer institutions are using the name John Paul the Great.

The historic house museum located in his family home in Wadowice, Poland is called the Holy Father John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice.

Educational and cultural centres named in honour of the Pope include the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences whose largest campuses are located at the Lateran University in Rome, Italy and Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, United States. Affiliated campuses are found in Australia, Benin, Brazil, India, Mexico and Spain. There is also a Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in the United States capital. John Paul the Great Catholic University is a rededicated degree-granting institution in San Diego, California.[1] Several John Paul II Catholic Centres may be found on college and university campuses around the world, usually serving students and staff as Roman Catholic chapels.[2] Several elementary and secondary schools also use the name John Paul II or John Paul the Great, like Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Prince William County, Virginia,[3] administered by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia or "Nashville Dominicans." (The tabernacle and cornerstone of the school were blessed by Pope Benedict XVI during Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on 17 April 2008.)

Several national and municipal public projects were named in honour of the Pope. Rome's main railway station, the Roma Termini station, was dedicated to Pope John Paul II by a vote of the City Council, a first municipal public object in Rome bearing the name of a non Italian. International airports named after him are John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice — one of the principal airports of Poland—and the João Paulo II Airport in the Azores. The Juan Pablo II Bridge is located in Chile, while John Paul II Square in Bulgaria denotes the Pope's visit to Sofia in 2002. Estádio João Paulo II (John Paul II Stadium) is a football (soccer) stadium in Mogi-Mirim in Brazil. Parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II is a centrepiece of one of Paris' neighbourhoods. Pope John Paul II Park is a feature of Boston, Massachusetts[4] while Pope John Paul II Drive serves residents of Chicago, Illinois.[5] In San Diego, California, New Catholic University has renamed itself John Paul the Great Catholic University.[6]

In the Philippines, the Parish of Jesus, the Way the Truth and the Life near SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City is also called the John Paul II International Youth Centre. When the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Jean Louis Tauran went to the country, he was greeted by the youth from all the Suffragan Dioceses of the Archdiocese of Manila there. In Pasig Catholic College, one of the main exit gates for High School Students is named "Pope John Paul II Gate". This gate immediately leads to the Bishop's estate and The Immaculate Conception Cathedral. In Bacolod City, a tower was dedicated to him at the Reclamation area near SM City Bacolod and was named The Pope John Paul II Tower. It is the city's highest structure. In the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija there is a five-hectare complex named St. John Paul II Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy. It presently has an institution for abandoned elderly called Tahanan ng Damayang Kristiyano (House of Christian Solidarity). In the future a shrine of the Divine Mercy will be constructed as well as a youth center which would be called the YOUCAT Center- a center for coordination and formation using the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church as a tool for evangelization of the young.

Of international interest, Ioannes Paulus II Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands was named in honour of the Pope. The Antarctic landmark recognises his contribution to world peace and understanding among people.


Churches and chapels[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

  • A chapel of Blessed John Paul II in the Hospice of Saint John Neumann in Prachatice, Czech Republic, since 2011-05-01 (dedication celebration began on 4:00 p. m.)[7][8]
  • A new 2013 church in Bukovany, Czech Republic (instead of originally intended patrocinium to Saint Martin). The church should be donated to the church or to the municipality by local benefactor and entrepreneur Josef Kouřil, currently owner of a toy manufacture Wiki Kyjov. The church should by managed by Roman Catholic Church but should be used also by non-catholic churches and for cultural events.[9]

United States[edit]




  • In Brasilia, there is a Marist School: Colégio Marista João Paulo II.
  • In Mauá, there is a Public School : Escola Estadual João Paulo II.


Costa Rica[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

  • In Prague: Církevní střední zdravotnická škola Jana Pavla II. (Church Secondary Paramedical School of John Paul II), New Town, Ječná street, established by Prague Archbishopry
  • In Hradec Králové: Základní škola a mateřská škola Jana Pavla II. (Elementary School and Kindergarten of John Paul II), a church school established by Hradec Králové Bishopry





New Zealand[edit]


  • In Valenzuela City, a building in Our Lady of Fátima University Valenzuela (main) campus is named Pope John Paul II (PJP) Building. Similarly, another building of the same school in Quezon City (Lagro annex) also bears the same name.
  • In Parañaque City, St. John Paul II Academy of Parañaque was named after him in 2011, formerly known as STI Academy of Parañaque.
  • In Davao City, John Paul II College of Davao was also named after him and the campus was launched in 2000.
  • In Cebu City, an avenue(Juan Luna Ave.) that passes the three diocesan seminaries and a church was renamed after Blessed John Paul II.
  • In Kidapawan City, a church named Blessed John Paull II Quasi-Parish, formerly known as Jesus the Good shepherd Quasi-parish with a big statue of the Pope.



  • Elementary school (ZŠ) in Košice, Slovakia, was renamed in 2007, consequently with renaming the street from Lechkého to Jána Pavla II, to Základná škola Ulica Jána Pavla II. In 2010, the school was renamed back according to Matej Lechký, this once to the honorary name ZŠ Mateja Lechkého according to the musician and education innovator Matěj Lechký, but the street remains named by John Paul II.[12]
  • Základná škola Jána Pavla II., Bratislava, an elementary school established by Bratislava Archdiocese


United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]



  • District Hospital in Bartoszyce, Poland Szpital Powiatowy im. Jana Pawła II
  • Provincial Hospital in Bełchatów, Poland Szpital Wojewódzki im. Jana Pawła II
  • Eye Hospital in Bielsko-Biała, Poland Beskidzkie Centrum Onkologii im. Jana Pawła II
  • Hospital in Głogów, Poland Szpital Miejski im. Jana Pawła II
  • Hospital in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland Szpital Zachodni im. Jana Pawła II
  • Hospital in Gryfino, Poland Szpital im. Jana Pawła II
  • Children's Hospital in Katowice, Poland Górnośląskie Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka im. Jana Pawła II
  • Geriatrics Hospital in Katowice, Poland Szpital Geriatryczny im. Jana Pawła II
  • Hospital in Kraków, Poland Krakowski Szpital Specjalistyczny im. Jana Pawła II[17]
  • Hospital in Nowy Targ, Poland Podhalański Szpital Specjalistyczny im. Jana Pawła II
  • Pediatrics Hospital in Sosnowiec, Poland Centrum Pediatrii im. Jana Pawła II w Sosnowcu
  • District Hospital in Wadowice, Poland Szpital Powiatowy im. Jana Pawła II
  • District Hospital in Wieleń, Poland Szpital Powiatowy im. Jana Pawła II
  • Hospitium in Katowice, Poland Archidiecezjalny Dom Hospicyjny im. Jana Pawła II
  • Hospitium in Żory, Poland Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciół Chorych Hospicjum im. Jana Pawła II

Public areas[edit]

Parks and green areas[edit]


  • Medellín, Colombia; 1986. Parque Juan Pablo II, or Aeroparque Juan Pablo II is a water park, located in the Colombian city of Medellín, near the Olaya Herrera Airport. It has a variety of pools, with pulleys, slides, wave. It also has a trail for sports on wheels. It has a coliseum and an acoustical shell, used for shows.


United States[edit]


Czech Republic[edit]



Czech Republic[edit]


Györ, Hungary
  • In Budapest, Hungary II. János Pál pápa tér, since 2011-07-01 (John Paul II square, the largest urban square in Budapest with about 60,000 m2 (645,835 sq ft), formerly known as Köztársaság tér, Republic square), II. János Pál pápa tér metro station is located beneath the square).[28][29]
  • In Dunaújváros, Hungary II. János Pál pápa tér.[30]
  • In Győr, Hungary II. János Pál tér in front of the theatre.



Other countries[edit]

Cerdanyola del Vallès

Streets, roads and avenues[edit]

Street named after John Paul II in Otranto


  • In Częstochowa, Poland, John Paul II Avenue (Aleja Jana Pawła II).
  • In Złotów, Poland, John Paul II Roundabout (Rondo Jana Pawła II).
  • In Radom, Poland, John Paul II Street (Ulica Jana Pawła II)
  • In Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland, John Paul II Avenue ("Aleja Jana Pawła II").
  • In Warsaw, Poland, John Paul II Avenue. (Aleja Jana Pawła II)
  • In Jędrzejów, Poland, John Paul II street. (Ulica Jana Pawła II)
  • In Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland, John Paul II Street (Ulica Jana Pawła II)
  • In Gdańsk, Poland, John Paul II Avenue (Aleja Jana Pawła II)
  • In Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland, John Paul II Avenue (Aleja Jana Pawła II)
  • In Wodzisław Śląski, Poland, John Paul II street (Ulica Jana Pawła II)

Most Polish cities have a street named after John Paul II.



  • In Puebla City, Mexico: John Paul II Circuit (Circuito Juan Pablo II)
  • In Mexico City, Mexico: John Paul II street (Avenida Juan Pablo II) is the residence where he used to stay at his four visits to the city.
  • In Guadalajara, Mexico: John Paul II Ave. (Avenida Juan Pablo II)
  • In Ciudad Juárez, Mexico: John Paul II Boulevard ("Blvd, Juan Pablo II").
  • In Monterrey, Mexico: John Paul II Avenue.
  • In Chihuahua, Chihuahua, in Mexico: John Paul II Boulevard ("Blvd. Juan Pablo II").


United States[edit]

Other countries[edit]

  • In Aachen, Germany - a section of the Klostergasse (near the city's cathedral was renamed Johannes-Paul-II.-Straße.
  • In Dubrovnik as the avenue bordering the main port. He offered mass in a church on this street, when he blessed the city [42]
  • In El Alto, Bolivia: John Paul II Avenue (Avenida Juan Pablo II.)
  • In San Salvador, El salvador: Alameda Juan Pablo II
  • In Lisbon, Portugal (neighbourghood of Chelas): Avenida João Paulo II Drive.[43]
  • In Funchal, Madeira, Portugal: Rua João Paulo II.
  • In Trujillo, Peru, the avenue John Paul II, near the Papal Square ("Ovalo Papal") were the pope offered a mass during his trip to Peru.
  • In Victoria, Gozo, John Paul II street ("Triq Gwanni Pawlu II")
  • In Pécs, Hungary, John Paul II street, the road on which John Paul II entered the city on his visit in 1991.
  • In Sherbrooke (Rue Jean-Paul-II)
  • In Montréal (Rue Jean-Paul-II)
  • In Cholet (Rue Jean-Paul II and Parvis Jean-Paul II)
  • A street in Victoria the capital of Gozo (Malta) was named after Pope John Paul II and a monument with his figure was erected at its beginning. The street leads to the national shrine dedicated to Our Lady of ta' Pinu.
  • In Ljubljana, Slovenia: Ulica Janeza Pavla II.
  • In Santiago de Compostela, Spain: John Paul II Avenue.
  • In Kiev, Ukraine in 2016 (in order to comply with decommunization laws) a street named after Patrice Lumumba was renamed John Paul II street.[44]


Transport terminals[edit]


Railway stations[edit]

Natural places[edit]

  • In 2005, a 2,424 m (7,953 ft) peak previously named "The Gendarme" was renamed "Pope John Paul II" at a ceremony celebrated by the Cardinal José Saraiva Martins in a medieval chapel on what would have been the Pope's 85th birthday.[48][49] The Pope who felt mountains were "a special place to meet God" often visited the Gran Sasso saying it reminded him of the mountains of his native Poland. After that dedicatio was born the association "cima Giovanni Paolo II" chairman by Gianni Alemanno.
  • Ioannes Paulus II Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named for Pope John Paul II in recognition of his outstanding contribution to world peace and understanding among people.



After Pope John Paul II first visit to Venezuela in 1985, a set residential is named in his honor, this due a mass conducted by him in the urbanization Montalban, located in west Caracas, about two million people attended that mass. Also a little square in Chacao County is named after him.

Not places[edit]

Other organizations etc.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "John Paul II Newman Center". © 2009 John Paul II Newman Center, Chicago, IL 60607. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
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  44. ^ (in Ukrainian) City council renamed the Moscow square and avenue Reunion, Ukrayinska Pravda (6 October 2016)
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  50. ^ Spevácky zbor Jána Pavla II.-Vajnory, City District of Bratislava-Vajnory