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    Church Of St. Jakob

    by briantravelman Written Jan 31, 2014

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    This is the Church of St. Jacob in Czêstochowa. It was originally built in the 1500s, out of wood.
    It's style is a bit different then the other churches in the city, that's because this is actually an Orthodox church. In fact, the church is named after St. James The Apostle (Iakovos in Greek, Yakov in Slavonic), who was a saint in the Orthodox church.

    Even though the Orthodox Architecture remains, it has been converted to a Roman Catholic Church. In fact, when we were there, there was a mass taking place.

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    Czestochowa Cathedral

    by briantravelman Written Jan 31, 2014

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    This beautiful gothic cathedral is located on the Plaza of Pope John Paul II in. Despite its beauty, this area actually has a dark history.
    It was in front of this church that on September 3 and 4, 1939, just 2 days after the start of World War II, NAZI officers killed 300 unarmed Jews and Poles.
    According to the Center for Documentation of Czestochowa History, "At least 600 people were killed in the city overall on that day."
    It later became known as the Czestochowa Massacre.

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    Jasna Gora Monastery

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    Strolling around the Jasna Gora Monastery is interesting especially looking at hundreds of people attending some kind of religious ceremony. I like looking inside the chappel they were decorative, colourful and ornate.

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    Black Madonna

    by fachd Written Oct 17, 2012

    Go and see the painting of the Black Madonna which is hanging inside the chapel of Our Lady in Jasna Gora Monastery. The painting is considered to be holy painting.

    The painting Black Madonna is the reason why so many pilgrims from the Catholic faith come to the monastery.

    They are many interesting legend referring to the Black Madonna, one of the legend stating that St Luke painted the image 2000 years ago.

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    Exvotos - Votive

    by elpariente Written Nov 10, 2011

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    The walls of the Chapel of the Miraculous Image are filled with votive crutches, arms, legs ... to thank the Virgin for a favour granted

    Las paredes de la capilla de la Imágen Milagrosa están llenos de exvotos : muletas , brazos , piernas ... para dar gracias a la Virgen por algún favor concedido

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    LA Virgen Negra / The Black Madonna

    by elpariente Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    According to "legend" it was painted by St. Luke on a piece of wood from the house of the Holy Family in Nazareth, but very possibly it has been painted in Byzantium in the sixth century. The black colour comes from the dark tones used by the painter and the fact that it has been darkened over the years by the effects of smoke and incense.
    The first miracle of the Black Madonna it was when somebody wanted to take it and they were not able, because the weight increased more and more , so frustrated they slashed the Virgin face , that can still be seen and they started to blood . From this moment the Virgin has performed many miracles, some protecting the walls that protected the temple of invaders , like Swedes and it has been a symbol of union of the Polish people
    The picture of the Virgin you only can see his hands, his face and the child and the rest is "dressed" with different clothes donated by people
    The Virgin is in a chapel in which is usually protected by a screen that opens tree times a day , announced with a trumpet, which makes more exciting the moment when it is opened the curtain and every body may see the image

    Según la"leyenda" fue pintada por San Lucas en un trozo de madera de la casa de la Sagrada Familia en Nazaret , aunque muy posiblemente la hayan pintado en Bizancio en el siglo VI . El color negro proviene de los tonos oscuros del pintor y del hecho de que se ha ido oscureciendo con los años por los efectos del humo y del incienso .
    El primer milagro que hizo la Virgen Negra fue cuando se la querían llevar y no fueron capaces , pues cada vez aumentaba más su peso , así que despechados le dieron dos cuchilladas que todavía se pueden ver . A partir de aquí la Virgen ha hecho muchos milagros , algunos protegiendo las murallas que la protegían , de invasores suecos y ha sido un gran símbolo de unión del pueblo Polaco
    Del cuadro de la Vírgen sólo se ven sus manos , su cara y la del niño ya que el resto lo "visten" con diferentes trajes donados por la gente
    La Virgen está en una capilla en la que normalmente está protegida con una pantalla y se abre tres veces al día , anunciado con un toque de trompeta ,que hace la apertura más emocionante se abre la cortina para que todo el mundo pueda ver la imágen

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    Chestocova

    by elpariente Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    When you arrive by bus from Krakow, you have to cross the city center until you get to Zchestokowa NMP Avenue (Avenue of the Virgin Mary), from which you can view the Jasna Gora towers
    Strolling along the boulevards surrounded by chestnut trees leads to the places where great ceremonies are held and the processional "Via Crucis
    The memories of John Paul II and Cardinal Wizinski are very present

    Cuando llegas en autobús desde Cracovia , tienes que cruzar el centro de zchestokowa hasta que llegas al avenida NMP ( Avenida de la Virgen María ), desde la que se pueden ver ya las torres de Jasna Gora
    Paseando por los bulevares rodeados de castaños se llega a las plazas donde se celebran las grandes ceremonias y el viacrucis pocesional
    Las recuerdos de Juan Pablo II y del Cardenal Wizinski están muy presentes

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    The Chapel of the Miraculous Picture

    by Obak81 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Chapel with the Black Madonna is located inside the Jasna Gora monastery fortress. The icon is usually on display inside the chapel, although it is covered with a sliver screen at night and from noon till 13:30. It is also possible to walk behind the icon, however this can be difficult because there are always crowds inside the chapel and in the pilgrim "season" you will need a minor miracle to get close to the iconic painting.

    The origin of the painting itself is not know. The picture has a seeming similarity to Byzantine icons, and it was given to the paulite order in the 1380 ties after being brought to Czestochowa from Ruthenia.

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    Jasna Gora Monastery

    by Obak81 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The monastery on Jasna Gora (Bright Mountain) is dominates the inner part of Czestochowa. The monastery was founded in the 1380 by paulite monks that came to the area from Hungary (the painting of the Black Madonna being given to the order shortly after the founding of the monastery). The monastery has been expanded several times in the following centuries which can readily be seen on the different buildings when inside the walls.

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    Stations of the Cross

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the Jasna Gora Monastery's Stations of the

    Located around the outside walls of the Jasna Gora Monastery are large statues representing the stations of the cross. On any given day, you will see large groups of pilgrims (usually a parish) assembled near one of these statues as they do the Stations of the Cross. If you desire, you can do the stations of the cross by yourself by just walking around the walls of the monastery.

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    The Treasury

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The treasury displays a wide variety of objects that have been donated to the Jasna Gora Monastery over the centuries by people from around the world. The collection is priceless, and includes a dazzling variety of religious artifacts (chalices, monstrances, rosaries, crucifixes, etc.), jewelry (rings, etc.), and other artistic objects.

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    The Chapel of the Virgin

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Chapel of the Virgin is the chapel that houses the Black Madonna, the Jasna Gora Monastery's pricelss icon. Each day, masses are celebrated continuously the Chapel of the Virgin by priests who have led their congregations to Czestochowa on pilgrimages. Unfortunately, no photographs were allowed in the chapel, so we have no pictures of it to post here on Virtual Tourist.

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    Enlightment at Jasna Gora (Bright Mountain)

    by monika79 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Basillica

    The Jasna Gora Monastery was established in 1382 by Prince Wladyslaw of Opole, who invited Paulist monks from Hungary to reside there. It is one of the world's greatest places of pilgrimage and has drawn the faithful over the past six centuries, where troupes of pilgrams from all over the world break out into hymns as they shuffle between the stations of the cross. Excited teenagers flock to the religious festivals treating the event(s) like a rock concert.

    Even enemies that have laid siege on Jasna Gora were unable to destroy it.

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    Jasna Gora Monastery

    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 19, 2009
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    In 1382, the town of Czestochowa handed over this hill to Pauline monks from Hungary to construct a new monastery. They named it Jasna Gora, or Bright Hill, after their mother house in Buda. The Pauline order was founded by the Blessed Eusebius, Canon of Esztergom, who united various hermits living in Eastern Europe. Their model was St. Paul of Thebes, the First Hermit.

    The most celebrated treasure here is the famed Black Madonna. The origins of this enigmatic painting are shrouded in mystery, with conflicting accounts of who made it, where, and when it was made. The official account holds that it was painted by St Luke the Apostle, on top of a table made by Jesus. It is accredited with miracles, notably in 1656 when the Poles prayed before it during a Swedish invasion. The Swedes later retreated from the town.

    The most prominent feature of this monastery is the belltower, which was rebuilt in 1906. It stands on the 15th century basilica, which was restored in the early 18th century. This is a fine example of Baroque church architecture.

    Along the southern side is the Knights' Hall, dating from the 17th century. This Renaissance-style building once served as the meeting place for Poland's Diet under King John Casimir, and for ecclesiastical leaders and scholars. It is adorned with nine historical paintings and the 18th century altar of St. John the Evangelist.

    To this day, Jasna Gora remains a powerful symbol of Poland's national and spiritual unity. It has long served as a focal point of national resistance, and a place of solace. This is a must-see for anyone interested in the history and traditions of Poland and of the Catholic Church.

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    Speedway

    by tmsznowak Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Częstochowa is not only the monastery. There is a very nice City Stadium where you have a chance to see speedway races. Speedway team Złomrex Włókniarz Częstochowa is in Polish Elite Ligue. It's easy to see famous international speedway stars. Check the club website for fixtures.

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