Our Lady of Czestochowa / The Black Madonna

Our Lady of Czestochowa / The Black Madonna

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Donna S
Florence, WI1,601 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
This icon was given to the monastery at Jasna Gora as a gift from Hungary. Allegedly, the portrait was found by St Helen in the Church of the Holy Family in Nazareth hundreds of years ago. Legend has it that it was painted in the 1st c in Jerusalem, but researchers consider it more likely to have been painted in the 6th c in Constantinople."Scars" on the Madonna's cheeks are reminders of previous battles and attacks by rival religious groups in the mid-1400's. She is considered by devout Poles to be their Patroness and Queen. Her feast day (Feast of the Assumption on Aug 15) is a huge holiday here. The icon is dark ("black") cuz of the aging varnish used on the painting, and also from the candle smoke that illuminated it for centuries. The Slavic style metallic framework was installed to "protect" the image.
Written February 19, 2018
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Dawid K
Brussels, Belgium624 contributions
Nov 2018
We went at around just after 7:00am and had a wonderful experience there. Also, we have been told the area gets incredibly busy during the day, given its position between Kraków and Warsaw. The area is really nice to see the church, but can/will be somewhat unassuming from the outside, but the altar is truly unique, and the Black Madonna offers an intriguing sight for both the religious and non-religious. I reserve saying it is a must see, but it is well worth seeing it - and would happily say it is highly recommended if you choose to go. Have an early start, well before the crowds arrive. It is so full of history and a very highly spiritual place ;-)

People leave things like money, crutches and so on, as they have been healed =D

I really BELIEVE after seeing and experiencing the Czarna Madonna - (Black Madonna)
Written November 4, 2018
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Prziloczek
Wisbech, Cambs5 contributions
Go by train. It is a good trip - quite long, but cheap. The Dworzek Glowny (pr Dvorjek Gwovny) is the name of the station in Polish. Buying the tickets is separated from the real station which stands in the New Market Place by KRAKOWA. It takes a couple of hours but you get to see the primitive farming of the countryside and the huge decay of Silesia.
When you get to Czestochowa (Chestokova), you walk to the main boulevarde called St Mary's Street. A good place for a drink! Pivo is the name of beer in Polish and Kawe (Coffee) is coffee Sok is juice. Walk along the road. It is easy to get to the shrine because the Russians placed a huge factory, which, of course, was bigger and better than the shrine, at the wrong end of the street .
When you get to the shrine, wander round - it is in a lovely park with fountains. If you are as lucky as I was, the doors of the ikon were actually opened and, if you are a Catholic, you can kneel down while three priests bless you with the host under the gaze of Poland's most holy ikon - the Black Madonna - which was slashed twice on the right cheek. It is most moving and lots of very hard old soldiers and farmers are in tears.
Protestants and others just stand there appalled!
Getting back can be hard. If in doubt, just say "Krakow" and the Poles will look after you. The trick is to go by "Osobowe" (osobovy)- local train instead of an express. There are always buses too.
Written October 18, 2009
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Steve D
Liverpool, UK487 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
The Jasna Gora monastery can be reached on foot from Czestechowa train station or by taxi from outside. The monastery dates back to 1382 and is very picturesque. It is most famous for housing the painting of the Black Madonna and child which is credited with being responsible for miracles. The painting dates back to at least 1400 and maybe much earlier. The silver screen covering the painting is raised to trumpet music every 30 minutes to be viewed by the faithful. Very inspiring.
Written November 5, 2018
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daveespo
North Haven, CT27 contributions
Knowing a bit about Polish history, we knew that the Black Madonna was a special thing to see so we wanted to include it during our trip to the Krakow area.

We had a driver take us to Czestochowa on a Sunday morning (approx 1 hour from Krakow)

Holy cow! It was like a zoo with people streaming everywhere and multiple masses going on simultaneously; some outside, some inside. We also engaged a tour guide (she was a student at the local university) from the main office which rescued the situation. She took us through the important museums and filled in the background history on the Black Madonna. She didn't have any hesitation about cutting into a few lines and bypassing the 'public' entrances to some of the things we saw. Without her, we probably would've never made it to the painting itself.

The actual painting is in a small chapel area behind the alter which was bad news for a Sunday morning since masses go on continuously. We had to force our way in (there is a walkway for the people that just want to see the painting and not stay for the mass) but you felt awkward and a little sacrilegious just passing through the walkway while all of the other people were in there attending mass.

Ultimately, we only got to see the painting for a minute or less due to the fact that the line had to keep moving.

If it had been a weekday, I suspect the experience would've been different. We felt like a bunch of superficial tourists gallivanting around crossing items off our 'must-see' checklist while all of the native Poles were there worshiping.
Written October 8, 2008
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ABWalsh2000
Blacktown, Australia138 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Pilgrims everywhere in this famous place. You will even find statues of Pope John Paul 2's parents in honor of Poland's love for their famous son. The church where the Black Madonna is very small. Only a hundred people could fit in it - so people need to exercise patience. Eventually you can get close to it. During the mass, the priests come out and serve communion to the faithful. Hence, there is no need to panic. This place is best visited during the winter months of Europe. It is a must when visiting Poland.
Written November 7, 2018
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NJZ2
New York City, NY57 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
We went at 7:30am and had a great experience here. There is a fair amount of walking from the parking lot to the church, and have been told the area gets incredibly busy during the day given the prime positioning between Krakaw and Warsaw. The area is cool to see, the church is very unassuming from the outside but the altar is unique and the Black Modanna offers an intriguing sight for both religious and non-religious (there are also some cool side altars in the church). I wouldn't say its a must see, but it was worth stopping in - but would definitely do it before the crowds.
Written October 18, 2018
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glicine2018
50 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
I am really surprised about full devotion of polish people in this holy place to our black lady, they don't go to see the style though it's also attractive and pictoresque, but to kneel and pray... I felt good.
Hope to come back
Written October 8, 2018
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Tom P J
56 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
The Black Madonna is actually located in the Pauline Monastery in Czestochowa. It can be found in the Chapel of the Virgin where the sacred icon is kept for veneration. Also visit the beautiful Basilica of the Holy Cross and the Nativity of Mary with its magnificent Baroque altar depicting the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.
Written October 6, 2018
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THOMAS S
Cleveland, OH127 contributions
Sep 2018
Wonderful but packed, we arrived at 10:30 & crowds were gathering. Be sure to get on a tour. There is so much to see and much requires a guide for best appreciation. Mass was at 11:00 then they covered the Madonna,Mass & Veneration was a deeply spiritual; blessing. I would certainly do it again but would be even earlier.
Written September 27, 2018
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