Wojtyła Family Flat, Wadowice

Przez okno widać zegar sloneczny z napisem Czas ucieka wieczność czeka.

The Wojtyłas lived on the upper floor of the house at 7, Kościelna Street from 1919 to 1938. Their flat consisted of three rooms one behind the other: a kitchen, a bedroom and a living room. Winding stairs in the courtyard led to the balcony from which one could enter the kitchen. Today this entrance is glazed and the flat can be entered through the living room. Wojtyłas’ flat was furnished in a bourgeois style. The furnishings were reconstructed on the basis of memories of Karol Wojtyła’s neighbours and friends. There is period furniture and some original objects that used to belong to the Wojtyłas such as doilies embroidered by Emilia Wojtyła, her handbag and her gold pendant, a part of the family tableware and photographs from the family album. The future Pope was born in the bedroom at 5 p.m. on 18 May 1920. Through the kitchen window, Karol could see the sundial on the wall of the parish church with the inscription on it: ‘Czas ucieka, wieczność czeka’ (Time Flies, Eternity Waits’). Authentic containers for oil, sugar and vinegar, a cooker with cast-iron fittings, a sink (from the early 1930s when the water supply pipeline was installed) and a metal mould in which to bake an Easter lamb, which Emilia used to borrow from a neighbour, can be seen in the kitchen. The Wojtyłas’ flat is the heart of the Museum but visitors need to leave it – just like Karol and his father did in the summer 1938 – to go further and explore other aspects of the Pope’s life and activities.


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