Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden
Pope John Paul II and his two visits to the Basilica inspired a commemorative prayer garden adjacent to the Basilica complex, which opened to the public on October 24, 2008.
The pontiff, who came to Baltimore in October 1995, was paying the formal visitation of a Pope to one of his Basilicas, but it was not his first trip. In 1976 he visited the Baltimore Basilica as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, with seventeen other Polish bishops.
This beautiful space is located at the corner of Franklin and North Charles Streets, adjacent to the Basilica.
One of a few green spaces in downtown Baltimore, the garden provides pilgrims and visitors with an outdoor spiritual retreat within the city, while paying homage to Pope John Paul II, one of the 20th century’s true visionaries. The centerpiece of the garden is a statue of the Holy Father with two children representing the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools (Melissa Brent of Columbia and Justin Farinelli of Pasadena), sculpted by Joseph Sheppard. This statue is based on a photograph taken during his 1995 Papal Visit to Baltimore.
The Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden is open 7 days a week from 9am until 3pm. Please note that during inclement weather and on holidays, the Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden is closed to visitors.
If you would like to incorporate the Prayer Garden as part of your group tour of the Basilica, simply request to see the Garden when you are scheduling your tour. For more information about tours of the Basilica and the Prayer Garden, please click here.
Click below to view a photo gallery of the garden.
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