The Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa is the most famous Polish shrine to the Virgin Mary and the country’s greatest place of pilgrimage.
The image of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed, is Jasna Gora’s most precious treasure.
Since the medieval ages, every year thousands of Poles go in pilgrim groups to visit Jasna Gora.
The four-foot-high painting displays a traditional composition well known in the icons of Eastern Christians. The Virgin Mary is shown as the “Hodegetria” (“One Who Shows the Way”). In it the Virgin directs attention away from herself, gesturing with her right hand toward Jesus as the source of salvation. In turn, the child extends his right hand toward the viewer in blessing while holding a book of gospels in his left hand. The icon shows the Madonna in fleur-de-lis robes
The legend concerning the two scars on the Black Madonna’s right cheek is that the Hussites stormed the Pauline monastery in 1430, plundering the sanctuary. Among the items stolen was the icon. After putting it in their wagon, the Hussites tried to get away but their horses refused to move. They threw the portrait down to the ground and one of the plunderers drew his sword upon the image and inflicted two deep strikes. When the robber tried to inflict a third strike, he fell to the ground and writhed in agony until his death. Despite past attempts to repair these scars, they had difficulty in covering up those slashes as the painting was done with tempera infused with diluted wax.
You will meet with our driver at your hotel/apartment, all our drivers speak very good English and on the way explain you all the details of your tour.
We will pick you up from the hotel, apartment, hostel straight to Częstochowa.
Than our driver will be waiting for you in Częstochowa as long as you wish.
After seeing Częstochowa our driver will take you back to Krakow, wherever you wish.