Impressive architecture, spiritual / sacred ambience
crowds of people On Jasna Gora, especially in August
One of the top sights to see in Poland
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...more
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 concedidomore
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...more
2 Ks. J. Popieluski Street, Czestochowa, Poland, 4
Good for: Solo
The Hotel offers 12 suites , 30 single and 60 double rooms equipped with bath, colour TV, radio and...more
It is a small hotel but very accomodating, always prepared to meet your needs. They were very...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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 rodillasmore
I went on the August pilgrimage when I was still a student in 1987. Frankly, I didn't plan it at all... I was on a private visit to Cracow when a Franciscan father, whom I had just met, asked me to go on the pilgrimage to serve as a translator for a group of Americans that were gonna join his group. I had two days to return to Warsaw, do my...more
Every August, thousands of Catholics from all over Poland make a pilgrimage to Czestochowa in which they walk for days and sleep in fields and barns until they reach the Jasna Gora Monastery. The culmination of the pilgrimage is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th, when the pilgrims attend a huge outdoor mass in...more
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".more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
' 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 Wyszynskimore