"Czestochowa - The Heart of Polish Catholicism" Top 5 Page for this destination Czestochowa by mikelisaanna

Czestochowa Travel Guide: 117 reviews and 289 photos

Czestochowa (pronounced Chen-sta-hove-a) is a city in Southern Poland that is famous for being the home of the Black Madonna, perhaps the most important religious painting outside of Italy. The Black Madonna, an icon that dates back to at least the 1400s, is a painting of the Virgin Mary that is housed in a small chapel in the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa. Numerous miracles have been attributed to the Black Madonna throughout the centuries.

If you want to understand how religious Polish Catholics are, a visit to Czestochowa is one of the best ways to experience it. The monastery is mobbed with visitors almost every day of the year, especially August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

The Black Madonna herself is housed in a chapel in which mass is constantly being celebrated during the day. If you do not want to sit through mass in Polish, you can get a view of the painting between masses, but you will have to fight your way through the crowd to do so. Aside from the Black Madonna, the Monastery also features a beautiful main chapel, large defensive fortifications, and large Stations of the Cross around the outside of its walls.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful chapels, the Black Madonna, inspiring religious atmosphere
  • Cons:Crowded almost every day
  • In a nutshell:One of the top sights to see in Poland
  • Last visit to Czestochowa: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 24, 2005
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  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Interesting page, am trying to find a couple of different places to visit on this trip to Poland.

  • Obak81's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2007 at 3:47 AM

    I asked one of the priests inside who was taking pictures, and he told me that its ok to take pictures as long as you do not use your blitz.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2006 at 7:48 AM

    Good [age and tips. I have been to Czestochowa many times but... I'll go there again for sure, it's a magical place :-)

  • gosiaPL's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2006 at 3:15 PM

    Good highlights of the Jasna Gora shrine and nice pictures! Thanks for visiting my page, I'm glad it brought back some good memories :-)

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2006 at 3:02 AM

    Interesting page. Did you have time to see any places around Czestochowa? The region is really beautiful.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 8:59 AM

    Nice page on a beautiful place. You did well w/ your pic of the Basillica. Poland is an amazing country.

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2005 at 8:29 AM

    Good page! Hopefully I'll go to Poland next year and I will visit Czestochowa, too. If you don't mind, I will add your name to my list of VT tributes to John Paul II (see my album).

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