Washington, DC: Pope John Paul II's Skis

Though not performing airborne Iron Crosses, the Holy Father was apparently quite the alpine athlete. Check out his skis, poles and exercise shoes. Other exhibits and relics, including a vial of his blood.

Pope John Paul II National Shrine

Address:
3900 Harewood Rd NE, Washington, DC
Directions:
Pope John Paul II National Shrine. North of town off Michigan Ave. NE. Harewood Rd at Catholic University of America.
Hours:
M-Sa 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
202-635-5400
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Pope's skis. Pope John Paul II's Skis

He was more than just the first Polish pope and a lifelong foe of Communism (and a few activities a lot of folks enjoy without hurting others). He was quite the athlete. Check out his skis, the Pole's poles and some dandy low-key exercise shoes at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.

They used to charge for admission, but now it's a donation system. Even that isn't bringing in big crowds and the big newish building is starting to look a touch long-in-the-tooth.

[Pedro G., 06/30/2009]

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