Cathedral Museum of John Paul II
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Opened in 1978 by Karol Wojtyła just before he became Pope John Paul II, the fabulous Cathedral Museum features a wealth of religious and secular items dating from the 13th century onwards, all related to the ups and downs of the Cathedral next door. Among its most valuable possessions is the sword deliberately snapped into three pieces at the funeral of the Calvinist king, Zygmunt August (1548-1572) - the last of the Jagiellonian dynasty, as well as all manner of coronation robes and royal insignias to boot.
The Cathedral Museum exhibition presents the most precious objects which were kept in the Cathedral Treasury: the oldest polish regalia, handicraft, clothes, paintings and sculptures, as well as the memorabilia related to Pope John Paul II.
The exhibits are organized according to their historical and artistic value, and exhibited in four rooms:
- Royal Room - houses the regalia and gifts of the Polish monarchs for the Cathedral: St Maurice’s spear, the coronation mantle of king Stanisław August Poniatowski, the coronation sword of king Augustus III, the Golden Rose of queen Maria Josepha, the crown, sceptre and orb of king Casimir IV, the rationale of bishops of Kraków.
- Cathedral Threasury Room (11th – 16th century) - houses the collection of objects donated to the Cathedral by kings, bishops and aristocrats: the silver box (known as a “Saracene-Sicilian case”), the chasuble donated by Cracow Voivode, Piotr Kmita, objects found in the grave of bishop Maurus (silver chalice and patena, a golden ring, a bone bead and a lead tablet), Hedwig glass as well as the slabs from an 11th-century stone building.
- Cathedral Threasury Room (17th – 20th century) - monstrance of bishop Stanisław Dąmbski, mitre of bishop Andrzej Lipski, the collection of chalices of bishops of Kraków, crosier of bishop Adam Stefan Sapieha, sabre, portrait and orders of prince Józef Poniatowski.
- Papal Room – contains the memorabilia related to Pope John Paul II: papal clothes (cassocks, biretta, zucchetto and sash), mitre handed over to the Cathedral during the papal visit in Poland, armchair used by John Paul II and Benedict XVI during their visits in the Cathedral, goblet made of coconut and silver (presented to the Museum by cardinal Wojtyla, on its opening day).
Here's a bit sad signs of the papal and the nose of the Bishop.
Male Museum has four rooms worth a look. Support przesympatyczna:)) you can go on the same ticket, which we will visit the Wawel Cathedral (chapels, tombs and the Sigismund Bell)! You can take photos of. The Museum is located right next to the Cathedral.
Part of the audio tour of the cathedral. It holds a rich history about the history of poland with lots of relics from that time.
Interesting artifacts - swords insignia, garb, and attributes of the rulers and priests. Worth a look.