Pauline Monastery
Pauline Monastery
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abudhabiTravELogUe
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates102 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
our group were privilege enough to be toured by one of their monks and shared to us their beautiful stories. Stay in your group because you might get lost as there are plenty other groups or individuals around. I think it is really a must to get a guide to appreciate the whole place despite of the chaos around...
Written April 25, 2017
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Desert G
Chicago, IL516 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
The monastery is giant, and the archi is impressive.
The tower is visible from each city corner, the place is kinda magical with a lot of pilgrimages young and old.
The sadest thing is you have to watch your bag no offence but there is a lot of polish gypsy they have this well trained kids stealing wallets or bags and begging for coins.
Written July 13, 2015
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Yan W
Fochabers, UK244 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
Even though the monastery is over flowing with pilgrims and tourists,you still find chance to find your own little space to contemplate the stunning architecture and exquisite works of fine arts.
Some people are put off visiting due to the swarms of pilgrims but don't let you put you off,you can take a guided tour but still enjoy your visit even on your own and at your own pace if that way inclined.
This isn't just a place of worship,it's baroque spirit was also modelled so that it was a strong hold to stop invading armies,it's fortifications are truly impressive.
It does really matter what time of day you go,it's always busy,going on religious holidays is on my experience a no no,try going first thing in the morning has always been favourable for me.
You can get food here but if on a budget,take your own or go a find one of the many fine restaurants in walking distance of Jasna,you'll be surprised how cheap it is to eat in czestochowa.
You can also at certain times of the day get yourself blessed or get them to bless items that you can find in the many religious shops surrounding,you are expected if given a blessing to make a donation.
Written August 3, 2012
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Joy052
11 contributions
Sep 2011
I had planned on visiting Jasna Gora by train but I spoke with someone at Cracowtours and signed up to do the private tour with one of their guides. I'm so glad it worked out that way! My guide was Andrew who took me and another couple in a private car to Jasna Gora. We departed at 8am and ride took about 2 hrs. Andrew gave us excellent commentaries on what we were seeing as we drove. Gave an excellent tour! We departed Jasna Gora at 12:30 and Andrew took us to Pieskowa Skala castle. Beautiful castle with fantastic museum inside. Andrew provided an excellent tour of the museum. We returned around 4:30pm. Excellent value, excellent tour, highly recommend Andrew!
Written October 12, 2011
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bartbc
166 contributions
Sep 2011
Be prepared to see thousands of tourists/pilgims/school groups, etc., at this site. The architecture is beautiful and the tour guides are very accommodating; Food is available but tend to be long lines when many groups are present for tours. If a church service is taking place in the main cathedral, be prepared for only a quick glimpse as you are walked by the Black Madonna painting.
Written September 29, 2011
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Tom P J
56 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
The world famous Black Madonna is located in the Pauline Monastery in Czestochowa. In the Chapel of the Virgin, the sacred icon is kept for veneration. This is considered the most sacred place in Poland. The icon is magnificent. During the last century, it was vandalized and slashed with a knife. When it was restored, a scar was painted as a reminder of where the art work was slashed. We visited on a Sunday and the crowds were enormous; there to attend Mass.
Written October 5, 2018
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Sonja D
Chicago, IL40 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
Our tour guide Kasia was very informative both during the tour and on the way. Such a beautiful place, the story of the Black Madonna fascinating.
Written January 26, 2017
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Therese H
Memphis, TN273 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
I visited here as a Pilgrim with a tour group, and was privileged to attend Mass and visit with one of the Monks! We felt blessed to have the special time here.
Written January 3, 2017
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RobandMaryJean
Jerrabomberra522 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
My review on the Black Madonna says much of what I'd like to say about this location.

In summary, take the trouble to visit as the pilgrims, monastery, museums and church are all worth seeing and experiencing.
Written July 19, 2016
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Squ3aky
Panama City, FL288 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
I wish I'd had more time to explore the monastery itself. The architecture is lovely and the museum showing the history of the monks on the site is quite interesting. I would have loved to have seen the archives.
Written April 25, 2016
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