Wadowice is a town in southern Poland, 50 km from Kraków. Tourists seek in Wadowice sites connected with Pope John II. Karol Wojtyła, who became Pope John Paul II in 1978, was born in Wadowice on 18 May 1920. His childhood home has been turned into the Museum of the Holy Father John Paul II, with objects relating to his early life. He was christened in the late Baroque Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary (Kościół Ofiarowania NMP), near the Market Square. The church, built in 1791–8, replaces an early Gothic church, of which only the chancel remains. The interior impresses with the high altar with the image of the patron of the church – Virgin Mary with Child, adorned with a silver coat. The tower, with Baroque cupola, was built by Tomasz Pryliński in the late 19th century.
Excursion to Wadowice is also a great opportunity to get familiar with the atmosphere of a small town and to try out favorite Pope’s pastry – delicious ‘kremowka’ with double cream or custard-like filling.