20 Jul 2016
Editor's blog WYD 2016
July 20, 2016
Today we headed into Krakow and began the day with Mass in St Anne’s Church, the largest Baroque church of Krakow from the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. We were then joined by our local guide Henryk who led us through the cobbled paths and courtyards of Jagellonian University where John Paul II began studying in 1938 but when war broke out was forced to continue his studies underground.
Henryk was not only a fountain of knowledge on Krakow’s history and ecclesial architecture, he also told some very good jokes and during our tour of Wawel Hill he was delighted to pose for a photo with we pilgrims and our Aussie flag with the Wisla River in the background (pictured).
The market square in the Old City is the largest Medieval square in Europe and is the site of St Mary’s Church, one of Poland’s most beautiful Gothic basilicas. Henryk made sure we didn’t miss out on one of the main attractions – the bugle call on the hour from a window located high up in the 81-metre church tower.
Our lunch was in a restaurant with a series of stone-walled cellars – typical of the underground rooms used by the Intelligentsia during the Communist rule. In the afternoon we explored the market square, tried some of the local delicacies and even rode in a horse-drawn carriage around the perimeter of the old city.
There is no escaping that this is where World Youth Day will be held – there is signage everywhere, on trams, buildings and street poles, and there is a growing number of pilgrims from different countries wandering through the streets. Our Aussie flag and some of the pilgrims’ Aussie t-shirts attracted the attention of locals and tourists, including a group of Argentinian pilgrims who we bumped into in the market.
With Days in the Diocese beginning tomorrow, there is plenty of excitement among the group and people are getting to know each other better as we continue on our journey to the City of Mercy!
Posted by Jenny Brinkworth at 4:51am