Sanktuarium Pasyjno-Maryjne Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Passion - Marian Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
The famous UNESCO-listed sanctuary is a place where pilgrims worship the Passion of Christ as well as pray to his mother Mary.
In the baroque basilica of Saint Mary of Angels, administered by the Bernardines living in the nearby monastery, one can see the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kalwaria. Kalwaria was established in 1600 after the example of the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. The painting of the Madonna was donated to the sanctuary in 1641. Around that time, a great number of Calvarian chapels were spread around the picturesque landscape of the Beskids. Among the festivals celebrated in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska in honour of Mary are the feast of the Madonna of Angels (2 August) and of the Dormition and Assumption of Mary, (8 September). On top of that, each year during the Holy Week, Passion plays are staged in the church (with the crowning performance on Good Friday).