Czestochowa Tour Ideas
The town is known for the famous Paulist Monastery and Jasna Gora that is the home of the miraculous Black Madonna painting, a shrine of the Saint Mary.
6 to 7 hours
As early as the fourth century the image of St. Mary was sent from the Holy Land by St. Helena to her son, Emperor Constantine, in Byzantium. Before the year 1000, it reached Southern Poland as part of the dowry in marriage between families from Constantinople and Kiev.<br>Millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Częstochowa to see it.<br>There have been reports for centuries of miraculous events occuring to those who made a pilgrimage to the unique portrait. While the portrait is what the pilgrims mostly focus on, also the votive offerings collected in the monastry given to the Black Madonna over the centuries are worth seeing. Gifts range from swords and scepters to rosaries made of dried bread in concentration camp.
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