Czestochowa and Jasna Góra monastery, admire Black Madonna
Czestochowa, is a city in southern Poland. Located on the Warta River with 322 only inhabitants as of June 2018. The monastery is the home of the Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary that is credited with many miracles.
Czestochowa is well known for the Monastery of Jasna Góra
Hosting the famous Black Madonna paint
Jasna Góra is Poland's spiritual Capital of Poland
Important attraction are the dedicatory to John Paul II objects
About Black Madonna paint
The four-foot-high painting of Black Madonna 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 is credited with many miracles, including saving the monastery from an invasion by the Swedes in the 17th century.
According to tradition, the icon of Jasna Góra was painted by Luke the Evangelist on a tabletop built by Jesus Christ. The icon was discovered by St. Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine and collector of Christian relics in the Holy Land.
The icon was then enshrined in the imperial city of Constantinoupolis, and remained for the next 500 years.
Miracles, Cures, and Signs
In 1430, Hussites (pre-Reformation reformers) attacked the monastery, slashed the Virgin's face with a sword, and left it desecrated in a puddle of blood and mud.
It is said that when the monks pulled the icon from the mud, a miraculous fountain appeared, which they used to clean the painting. The icon was repainted in Krakow, but both the arrow mark and the gashes from the sword were left and remain clearly visible today.
In 1655, The miracle for which the Black Madonna of Czestochowa is most famous occurred, when Swedish troops were about to invade Czestochowa. A group of Polish soldiers prayed fervently before the icon for deliverance, and the enemy retreated.
On September 15, 1920, the Virgin again came to the aid of her people, when the Soviet Russian Red Army gathered on the banks of the Vistula River, preparing to attack Warsaw.
The citizens and soldiers fervently prayed to Our Lady of Czestochowa and on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, she appeared in the clouds above Warsaw. The Russians were defeated in a series of battles later dubbed the "Miracle at the Vistula."
Source - The Miracle Hunter
Czestochowa - Black Madonna tours
From Krakow and Lodz
Krakow - Lagiewniki - Czestochowa Black Madonna
This tour is from Krakow. Minimum 2 people and Only for UK and Ireland
On this tour You will explore Czestochowa - the spiritual and religious culture of Poland and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki.
Czestochowa - Black Madonna Tour Highlights
- Czestochowa (Poland's spiritual Capital).
- Jasna Gora Monastery.
- The Painting of Black Madonna having the Miraculous Reputation.
- Saint Sister Faustina.
- Apostle of the Divine Mercy.
- The painting of "Jesus, I Trust You"
Route: Krakow - Lagiewniki - Czestochowa - Krakow.
Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa
This tour include the 'Black Madonna' paint and is a day tour from Krakow.
Follow the Eagles Nest Trail to Czestochowa to see the "Black Madonna", a Gothic painting of Our Lady at the monastery of Jasna Gora.
Returning to Krakow you will stop at the Renaissance Castle in Pieskowa Skala which is home to the Museum of the National Wawel Art Collections.
Your visit to the monastery includes the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica.
Czestochowa Black Madonna Private Tour from Krakow
The trip itself lasts approximately 6-8 hours and includes a private guided tour of the Pauline monastery in the language of your choice.
The tour includes the Chapel of The Virgin of Jasna Góra housing the icon of The Black Madonna, the Church of The Holy Cross as well as defensive structures surround the monastery, such as the defensive wall gates and bastions.
After or before the visit you can take your time to walk around in town or have a meal. Your driver will be waiting for you when you are ready to return to Krakow.
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