Jasna Góra Monastery

Częstochowa, Poland

The Jasna Góra Monastery is the most famous Polish shrine to the Virgin Mary and the country's greatest place of pilgrimage – for many its spiritual capital. The image of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed, is Jasna Góra's most precious treasure. The site is one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments.

Founded in 1382 by Pauline monks who came from Hungary at the invitation of Władysław, Duke of Opole. The monastery has been a pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years, and it contains the most important icon of the Virgin Mary in this part of Europe. The icon, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child, is known as the Black Madonna of Częstochowa or Our Lady of Częstochowa, which is widely venerated and credited with many miracles. Among these, it is credited with miraculously saving the Jasna Góra monastery during a siege that took place at the time of The Deluge, a 17th-century Swedish invasion. The event stimulated the Polish resistance. The Poles could not immediately change the course of the war but after an alliance with the Crimean Khanate they repulsed the Swedes. Shortly thereafter, in the cathedral of Lviv, on April 1, 1656, Jan Kazimierz, the King of Poland, solemnly pronounced his vow to consecrate the country to the protection of the Mother of God and proclaimed Her the Patron and Queen of the lands in his kingdom.

Since the Middle Ages, every year thousands of Poles go in pilgrim groups to visit Jasna Góra. There are typically numerous pilgrims and tourists at Jasna Góra Monastery, and the volume of excited voices can be high. However, upon entering the Monastery, it is expected etiquette for visitors to be silent or as quiet as possible out of respect. Often, there is a long line of people who wait to approach the shrine of Our Lady. Upon arriving at the location of the shrine where one would pass in front of the icon of Our Lady, it is expected and a sign of respect for pilgrims to drop to their knees, and traverse the anterior of the shrine on their knees.

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Founded: 1382
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Rob Lucke (20 months ago)
Great! Visited to see the black Madonna. The nun that was our guide was totally awesome, probably one of the best tour guides we had in Belarus.
Andrzej Zdanowski (20 months ago)
If you visit Poland or even Częstochowa you must visit this place (even if you are non-religious). The most important religious place in Poland. Just recommend to check what time the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa is exposed or covered.
JJ R (20 months ago)
Spiritual Capital of Poland Our Lady Of Czestochowa Shrine The Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland, is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.
Dheeraj Krishna (2 years ago)
One of the largest church in Poland with a huge yard and a wonderful interior. The statues outside and inside the building are very beautiful and are very old. Its then main attraction of the city. I would recommend to dedicate a whole day for it.
Eric Wong (2 years ago)
well worth the trip. Mass times throughout the day, cant miss it. lots of locals, large crowds all the time, have patience if you want to see everything. plan to spend two days here. also the local bakery is excellent and very affordable.
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