Czestochowa Travel Guide

  • Pilgrims
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  • Jasna Gora Pilgrimage
    Jasna Gora Pilgrimage
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  • Pilgrimage To Jasna Gora
    Pilgrimage To Jasna Gora
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Czestochowa Things to Do

  • Church Of St. Jakob

    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...

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  • Czestochowa Cathedral

    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...

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  • Jasna Gora Monastery

    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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  • Basilica chapel

    Inside the Basilica chapel is very decorative and I think you can join the mass if you are catholic or just stanby as an onlooker.

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  • Black Madonna

    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...

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  • Basílica

    The basilica has three halls and highlights its baroque altarLa basílica tiene tres naves y destaca su altar mayor de estilo barroco

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Czestochowa Restaurants

  • If you want Indian

    It was a surprise to find an Indian restaurant in this small city, it served Indian and also Polish food. Inside it is very nicely decorated with a touch of Indian history. The service was very good as they spoke English so communicating was not a problem. The food i ordered was actually as good as he restaurants i go to in London, i ordered Jeera...

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  • Best Indian in Town!

    I was dying for an Indian when I was visiting Czestochowa and a friend recommended a restaurant called Diwa. I was a bit dubious about having an Indian in Poland since I wasn't sure what the food would be like, but thought - why not! The restaurant was a little hidden away in the street but we eventually found it in D¹browskiego 8 near a fabulous...

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  • Something sweet!

    Famous pâtisserie name originally from Warsaw. Variety of polish cakes, donuts etc. Donuts and cheese cakes are my favourite ones but I recommend other things as well.

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  • Greek pizza in Częstochowa

    On of my favourite pizza places in Częstochowa. Thin crust pizza served in Zorba is simply delicious. It is served on wooden plate, one for all. You don't get any personal plates, fork or knife. Pizza is cut int small pieses so you can eat it using hands. Medium pizza is good for two, large one - for 3-4 people.Beer and wine are available in...

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  • Pilgrims eateria

    This eateria is located by the end of the back entrance to the monastery it offers OK food at good prices in a calm atmosphere. The entire complex where the eateria is located is operated by the church.

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  • Second Worst Coffee in my life

    This place serves coffee in an quite alternative way. Namely the differ in as they use coffee that is made for coffee machines with filters, this coffee however is put directly on top of a cup of boiling water where after it really does not dissolve in the cup at all. Instead you get what I personally call the second worst cup of coffee in my life...

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Czestochowa Nightlife

  • by CanaryWharf Written Dec 21, 2004

    Been to the main nightclub "Don Kichot" in Czestochowa a few times now, it is always packed with quite a large crowd, especially as it gets late.

    There are quite a few rooms to choose from, one chill out area with a number of tables to sit at, be warned however it can get cold here in winter!

    A Latino dance room that has a small stage where local girls perform some kind of Latino dance routine, not that impressive really but a little different all the same, some of the guys and girls are very good at this type of dancing, I am however rubbish but after a few drinks no one really cares right? and finally a "dance" room playing dance/house music.

    A vodka and red bull is about 14zl, a beer about 7zl and the entrance fee is about 10zl (less for girls).

    The age range of customers seems to go from some dubiously young looking 15/16 year olds upto about early 30's.

    Its open till about 7am although the latest I've stayed is till about 2am, there are a number of tables in the Latino room but apparently these have to be pre-booked to sit at.

    The bar staff and doorman understood a little English, however it won't really matter if your Polish isn't great.

    Piwo = Beer
    "Wodka Red Bull" will get you a Vodka n Red Bull

    There are always plenty of Taxi's outside for when you need to get home.

    Dress Code: Jeans are ok but wear smart shoes.

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Czestochowa Transportation

  • Częstochowa buses and trams

    It's quite good bus transport in Częstochowa. "MPK" bus routes network covers most places in the city and some surrowding villages. In most of kiosks you can buy a single ticket for 2,20 zl or day ticket for 8 zl. You must vaildate your ticket in the machine after you get on the bus or tram. On day ticket is to be validate only once on the...

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  • Train to Wroclaw

    There are hourly connections between Wroclaw and Czestochowa from the main train station.The trip takes 2 hours and 40 minutes and a 2 class ticket costs 34 zloty (2007 price).

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  • Bus to Olsztyn

    There are two bus routes going from Czestichowa to Olsztyn (see my Olsztyn page on info about the ruins etc.) which is located 11 km east of town. There are two routes going to Olsztyn no. 58 and 67.Both routes depart from the street behind the train station from Pilsudskiego street. The trip to Olsztyn takes about half an hour or a bit more and...

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Czestochowa Local Customs

  • Black Madonna

    The Black Madonna of Czestochowa, is the most sacred religious icon in Polish Catholicism, and one of the most sacred religious artifacts in the world. It sits on a closely guarded altar in the Jasna Gora Monastery.People who don’t know the legend of the Black Madonna, think the painting is depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary as blacks, and I’m not...

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  • Pilgrimages To Jasna Gora

    Poland is one of the most religious countries in the world, with about 80% of the population, being observant Roman Catholics.Every summer from early July, all the way up until August 15, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over Poland, make their way to the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa. Some from the coastal cities, start late June....

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  • Devoción

    The devotion and faith to the Black Madonna is awesomeOne example is the people that with all respect goes around the Virgin´s altar , walking on their kneesLa devoción y la fe ante la Virgen Negra es impresionante Una muestra es la gente que con todo respeto da una vuelta alrededor del altar en que está la Virgen , caminando de rodillas

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Czestochowa Warnings and Dangers

  • Wear conservative clothes

    When visiting the Jasna Gora monastery, men and women must dress somewhat conservatively if they want to enter the Chapel of the Virgin to see the Black Madonna. Specifically, shorts are forbidden, and women must cover their shoulders and navels. Paraphrasing our tourguide - "This is a church, not the beach".

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  • Just be warned, but there's no danger...

    In a place like Czestochowa, where you get lots of pilgrims and tourists, there are people who try to make their living of using your good will or naivety.They may be giving you little hanger-medals, pins, or little pictures, and when you're just about to thank them, they tell you how much you're supposed to pay them. This is all too common in some...

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  • CROWDS... on major days of...

    on major days of pilgrimage, an awful lot of people visit Chzestochowa.An all-time-record was the 4th World Youth Day in August 1991 when 1.5 million young people attended.

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Czestochowa Tourist Traps

  • Circles and Triangles

    Don't be afraid if you are accosted by a large Polish woman upon entering the public toilet. You simply must pay to use all public toilets, usually around one zloty. However, please note that while using a public toilet is a paid service it does not guarantee that toilet paper will be available. The toilet situation is improving throughout all of...

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  • Approaching Jasna Gora

    Obviously due to the pilgrimage nature of the town, on the main approach to the Church, there will be many "Religious" and "Gypsy" type people asking for money. The Gypsies are easy to spot and avoid, but there are many well dressed, polite, and very friendly women who approach you and before you know it, you have a dove brooch pinned to you that...

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  • When NOT to say Thank You

    Tipping is now common in restaurants and service has improved greatly over the last few years. 10-15% is an average estimate, if your service is good.BUT, and this is a warning, when you hand over your money to the waiter/waitress, DO NOT SAY THANK YOU. If you do, you are implying that they should keep the change, and they do. My son was stung like...

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Czestochowa What to Pack

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    by marishabandb Updated Sep 9, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Women should take a scarf or some other form of head covering.

    Miscellaneous: Faith and Hope - this is a place of 'miracles' after all.

    The Black Madonna at Czestochowa

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Czestochowa Off The Beaten Path

  • Unveiling of "The Black Madonna"

    The painting of the Black Madonna hangs above the altar in The Chapel of Our Lady located on Jasna Gora. The painting is often dressed with decorative overlays made of gold and precious jewels. During the unveiling, a different painting slowly rises to unmask the awesome and miraculous Black Madonna.

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  • The Jewish Cementery

    While everybody comes to visit Czestochowa because of Jasna Gora, there is a quite other side of the city's history. This cementery reminds of the times before World War II, when the Jewish population had a great share in the overall population of the city.It's a pity to see so many gravestones damaged, but there still are some tombs, which make an...

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  • olsztyn castle

    just few kms away from czestochowa there is a wonderful ruins of olsztyn castel with beautiful area, full of rocks around. it's really worth going there on the day trip. to get to olsztyn you need to take a bus 58 or 58 bis that goes from in front of the train station (Piłsudskiego street), one way ticket costs 3zł. you'll get by this bus...

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Czestochowa Favorites

  • OUR LADY IN DIAMOND ROBE

    This is the painting adorned with the so-called Diamond Robe, another popular image of Our Lady of Czestochowa distributed also as little pocket-size pictures. The painting has eight different robes made of precious fabrics with golden embroidery and jewel stones (some of the stones go back to 15th c.). To see the robes click here, scroll down...

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  • Polish Food

    If you get invited to eat at someones home then take them up on the offer as Polish food is amazing!!

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  • Cardinal Wyszynski

    ' When I look at the strrets of a big city with crowds of people I think to myself: how many children the Holy Father has. And he knows all of them and cares for them, never forgetting anyone. God doesn't know the dimension for Heart. It is people that dose out the heart as if they were pharmacists'. the words of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski

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Exvotos - Votive
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LA Virgen Negra / The Black Madonna
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Chestocova
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The Chapel of the Miraculous Picture
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Jasna Gora Monastery
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Stations of the Cross
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The Treasury
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The Chapel of the Virgin
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Enlightment at Jasna Gora (Bright Mountain)
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Jasna Gora Monastery
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Speedway
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Monestery-Jasna Gora
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Al Najswietszej Marii Panny (Al NMP)
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The statue of the pope on Jasna Gora
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The Cannons on Jasna Gora
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Stations of the Cross on Jasna Gora
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Taxi's
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PKP Station
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MY OWN PILGRIMAGE...
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JASNA GORA'S 600th ANNIVERSARY MUSEUM
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THE ARSENAL
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THE TREASURY
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RAISING & LOWERING OF THE SILVER PANEL
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Excellent Chinese restaurant in Czestochowa!
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Pilgrimage to Czestochowa
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Holiest Shrine in Poland if not Europe
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The John Paul II statue
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The Outdoor Altar
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Basilica of the Holy Cross and Nativity of Mary
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Nativity scene
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Czestochowa Tram System
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Cannons from Jasna Gora
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The Way of the Cross
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The Lubomirscy Gate
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Votive offerings
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The Miraculous Picture of Our Lady
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Jasna Gora - the history of the sanctuary
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Mirow and Bobolice
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