Sanktuarium św. Brata Alberta Zakopane Kalatówki
Hermitage of Saint Brother Albert on Kalatowki, Zakopane
Two small monasteries are located in the mountain forests in the vicinity of Kuźnice of the Albertine Sisters and the Albertine Brothers.
Both were established thanks to Brother Albert – Adam Chmielowski. First, the Albertine Brothers’ Monastery (on the left side of the road and trail from Kuźnice to Kalatówki), with a wooden hermitage of St. Albert, were erected in the end of the 19th century. In 1902 the Albertine monks moved to a new building constructed nearby, and they gave the old monastery to the Albertine Sisters. Karol Wojtyła often visited the heritage, since he highly admired Adam Chmielowski’s work. Wojtyła’s drama, Our God’s Brother, was based on Brother Albert’s life. As Pope John Paul II, he initially conducted Chmielowski’s beatification and then canonized Brother Albert. He visited Saint Albert’s Tatra hermitage for the last time in 1997.