Jasna Gora
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The holiest place in Poland and one of the world’s most important destinations for pilgrims. Every year several million pilgrims pray before the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
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Ana
Moscow, Russia371 contributions
Jan 2020
Czestochowa is a lively city in the south of Poland with a rich religious history. The city is well-known for its stunning Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora. Every year, millions of pilgrims from all over the world come here to pay homage to the shrine and enjoy the peace that this holy place gives. The greatest treasure of the imposing Jasna Gora complex is the ancient miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary (Black Madonna) which origin is a mystery. Thanks to this beautiful painting, Jasna Gora became one of the largest Marian sanctuaries in Poland since the 15th century. There, it has been worshiped in desperate moments, especially during large-scale disasters such as epidemics. A characteristic feature of the famous icon are the scars on the face of the Our Lady of Czestochowa. Jasna Gora's Lady bears signs of wounds and pain. Pope Saint John Paul II visited over five times. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis also have visited Jasna Gora. All in all, this huge monastic complex is well worth a visit. It houses an incredible collection of treasures. The work of art is impressive. Each building features fascinating exhibits. Highly recommended.
Written April 1, 2020
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Marcin 7-17
Gdynia, Poland3,669 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
in principle, you do not need to write about this place because everyone knows the history, a place worth seeing both inside and outside. Beautiful walls and in the middle of many important souvenirs with relics of the people important for this place
Written June 21, 2019
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Yan W
Fochabers, UK244 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
This is where the famous shine of the virgin black Madonna and the most important icon of the polish catholic faith is located.
This is a place of pilgrimage,don't be surprised that the place is busy,it's a place of worship,the end of August is completely mad so don't even try to visit then.
The unveiling of the black Madonna happens twice a day,the gold engraved covering is lowered to live drum and trumpet,if it's busy you can still get in line and go on your knees and crawl and shuffle past the image of the Virgin Mary so you still can get a good look at it.
My partner is a polish catholic and even though I'm Church of England,I still find it moving to watch such an amazing emotional moment,
Don't let people's views of it being busy put you off,I've been to the Vatican and that's just as bad,you don't have to go just because of religion,go for the beautiful architecture and the history that goes with it,Czestochowa was over-run with nazis within 3 days of World War Two so even learning about what happened at jasna is interesting,there's also a museum that teaches you about the end of the communist era.
Written November 5, 2013
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Mountbatten4x
Prague, Czech Republic68 contributions
Aug 2022
quite huge monastery complex with interesting exhibitions. And the church with THAT picture :-) Church and area in front of the altar is very crowdy, but surprisly other parts of the complex not. I really liked the strange stations of cross in the second floor in the church
Written August 26, 2022
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Peter Lanky
Wigan, UK858 contributions
Aug 2011
This place may be interesting to anyone who is religious, but to me it was like a cattle market. I expected a peaceful monastery in a secluded place, but was greeted with a huge car park, plus lots of shops to deprive you of your money.

Once inside it was as crowded as a sports stadium, with people pushing and barging in a manner that mainland Europeans do so well, and trying to avoid people who randomly kneel on the floor or even crawl on all fours. I personally find this over the top religious self indulgence rather scary, and therefore lost interest in the rest of the visit which did include some fine architecture.

The only redeeming feature was after having found queues at the inadequate number of food outlets, we crossed the car park where some independent stalls were set up, and enjoyed a huge hot dog each which was very tasty and only cost 4.5Zl.
Written August 15, 2011
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jobanoonoos
Melbourne683 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
We visited Czestochowa earlier in the year to see the place my family called home a long time ago. The Jasna Gora is clearly an important part of the town and its history, but in the 21st century it just made me sad. The church seems so ridiculously opulent in a city that is clearly facing some economic struggles. While pavements are cracked and windows are smashed in houses only minutes from the church, this building is literally dripping with gold. This sense of inequity was compounded by visits to the city's Jewish cemetary (which lies derelict and overgrown) and HASAG Pelcery (a slave labour camp where many were incarcerated during the war) - the crumbling building has now been covered in advertising materials for local businesses.
If I felt that what was going into the collection plate at the church was being chanelled into the local community, helping remember the city's important history and developing its future, I would be happy. However, it seems that the church is just lining their own pockets, to the detriment of Czestochowa. Just all very sad...
Written December 2, 2014
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matteo_maj
Warsaw, Poland33 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
Would you like to see people praying to a painting? Go to Jasna Gora. The disgusting wealth of the sanctuarium compared to the teachings of Jesus just do not seem appropriate.
Written July 29, 2015
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Marek U
Warsaw, Poland379 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
It is very easy to get there by car, because all necessary infrastructure is well organised. Visiting the santuary is easy and convenient, especially out of pilgrimage season. However, they could improve the quality of their collections, that are miserable and limited. Such a place needs more.
Written May 1, 2016
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FLY_EE
SG/WA84 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
Going to Jasna Gora (Black Madonna of Czestochowa) is an experience. The sanctuary is huge and one must be prepared to walk in order to see and appreciate the beauty and serenity of the place. It is very crowded with tourists and pilgrims. You can see pilgrims enacting the Stations of the Cross along the route The Way of the Cross.
Written November 14, 2012
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areview28
Silver Spring, MD814 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
Jasna Gora monastery is the central site of Polish Catholicism. There's a lot more to see than the Black Madonna. You need to pick your time to see the Black Madonna. I'd suggest avoiding the unveilings and go when a mass isn't being said. The crowds make it difficult to get a clear view of the painting. Check with the visitor's center to get a map and inquire about the schedule. The best sight isn't the Madonna herself, but the pilgrims who visit to pray to the Madonna. There are crutches and medals that line the walls of the chapel commemorating the many miracles. The main chapel next door is incredible with its gold Baroque decorations. You can walk the walls of the monastery to see some wonderful Stations of the Cross and a statue of John Paul II. There's ample parking nearby either on the hill or in the parking lot. This is definitely worth a stop if you are traveling from Warsaw to Krakow. Even if you aren't devout you will appreciate the spirit of this place.
Written November 4, 2013
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