Izabela Sołjan


‘John-Paul-the-Second-isation’ of cultural landscape in Poland

Lucyna Przybylska, Izabela Sołjan

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 669-686 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/GPol.0039

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The aim of this paper is to identify, categorize, explain and interpret the process of ‘John-Paul-the-Second-isation’ which has been taking place for the last three decades in Poland. ‘John-Paul-the-Second-isation’ is perceived as a kind of landscape sacralisation, i.e. the process of filling the cultural landscape with objects and phenomena related to Pope John Paul II, his work and personality. The process is analysed on three basic levels: architectural, nominative and temporal. The growing cult of the ‘Polish Pope’ is a visible sign of social, cultural, religious and political factors influencing cultural landscape.

Keywords: cultural landscape, John Paul II, Poland, geography of religion, sacralisation

Izabela Sołjan, Jagiellonian University Institute of Geography and Spatial Management ul. Gronostajowa 7, 30–387 Krakow: Poland