What a day! After walking over seven miles, I am exhausted.
We began the day with Mass at The Franciscan Church. What an amazing experience. When you walk into church, you are struck by the beauty and are overcome by God's presence. Across from the church was the Archbishop's residence. This is where Karol Wojtyla lived while he was Archbishop of Krakow and where he stayed when he visited Krakow when he was Pope. Today there is still a picture of St. John Paul II looking out one of the window's of the residence. When John Paul II would stay in Krakow, thousands of youth would sit in front of the residence to get a glimpse of the pontiff. John Paul II would open that window and talk and sing with the youth who were there for him.
Next we began a tour of Wawel Castle and Old City Krakow. Built during the 14th Century, Wawel Castle was the home of Polish Royalty. The castle is amazing and the museum that has been made out of it is incredible. Within the castle, there are hundreds on tapestries which were made for the kings that are over 600 years old! Attached to Wawel Castle is Wawel Cathedral. Located in the cathedral are the remains on many kings, bishops, and St. Hedwig and St. Stanislaus the Martyr. During our walk through Old City Krakow, we passed by many churches, including St. Andrew's which was built during the 11th century and is still being used for Mass today. Once we arrived to the Market Square, we were in awe of the beauty of St. Mary's Cathedral. On the outside it towers over everything and on the inside it is rich in beauty (no pictures were allowed to be taken inside the church; see here). All of these activities were completed by 1 pm today and the rest of the afternoon was free for everyone to do their own activities.