The Black Madonna of Częstochowa

What is the Jasna Góra Monastery…


Jasna Góra is a monastery and sanctuary of the image of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. This is the greatest place of pilgrimage in Poland and one of the world’s most important shrines to the Virgin Mary. Every year 4 million of tourists from 80 countries visit the shrine. This is a destination for approximately 1 million pilgrims from Poland. The Jasna Góra Monastery is not only a place of pilgrimage for Catholic and Orthodox churches, but also one of the most important Polish military fortresses.

What should I know about…


The Jasna Góra Monastery – the biggest and the most popular shrine to the Virgin Mary.

The Monastery is visited by nearly 4 million of tourists from around the world every year. Every year approximately 1 million Poles go in more than 200 pilgrim groups to visit Jasna Góra.

The Jasna Góra Monastery is famous for the icon of the Virgin Mary, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child. The icon is known as the Black Madonna of Częstochowa or Our Lady of Częstochowa. The icon was created about 66 AD, and it has been in the Jasna Gora Monastery since 1382. During this time the monastery was plundered and vandalised, but the holy icon luckily survived in good condition until today. The Black Madonna icon is widely venerated by Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians and it is credited with many miracles. The icon is the most recognisable Christian symbol in Poland and in the world.

A frequent visitor to worship the Black Madonna icon was John Paul II. The Polish Pope had visited the monastery six times. In 1991 the icon was venerated by John Paul II and participants of the World Youth Day. There is a John Paul’s II statue on the area of the monastery since 1999.

The sanctuary is mostly recognized for being a place of worship of Our Lady of Częstochowa, but this is also a place with a really interesting history. It was established in the XIV century and it was steadily expanded since then. It had soon became a military fortress, which effectively defended Częstochowa’s treasures and Polish kings. The monastery was the unconquered fortress in many local skirmishes and raids.

What will the tour look like?


Our trip to the Jasna Gora Monastery is a personalized tour which includes picking you up from the prior determined location, for example from the hotel or from the airport.

An English speaking driver will drive you directly to the monastery and will show you the place where you meet your tour guide. They will also give you all the indispensable organizational information, including the expected etiquette for the monastery visitors.

After the tour is finished, the driver will take you back to the hotel or another prior determined place.

This is an individual tour, which means both the driver and the car are exclusively at your disposal. We do not merge groups so you can travel comfortably in your own company. The whole tour program is tailored to your needs and expectations. For example, you can use the extra time in the museum and the surrounding area or shorten the visit at your discretion.

To meet our clients’ needs we offer a combined tour which includes visiting other interesting places in the region, for example the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Auschwitz-Birkenau or any other tour from our offer. The prices for the combined tours are negotiable.

The Black Madonna of Częstochowa

The travel to Czestochowa takes approximately 2 hours. We offer you a highly comfortable car with air condition and Wi-Fi access. The English speaking driver is at your disposal during the whole trip. For your convenience, a guide speaking another language can accompany you during the tour.

The sightseeing of the monastery with a guide is organised in individual tours. During the whole time you are accompanied by the professional guide, quite often a clergyman, who will tell you the history of the place.

The guided tour through the monastery takes 1 hour and a half. You will also have an additional hour for you.

The monastery is open for individual visitors too – you can visit the place without a guide with no time limit.

Summary


– Individual tour

– Pick-up from anywhere

– Air-conditioned bus

– Free WiFi and TV

– English-speaking driver

– Available extra time, e.g. for GEOCACHING

– Guide available in any language

– Private guide available

– Journey time ~ 3 hours (1.5 hours one way)

– Sightseeing time ~ 3h

–  Choose from the available languages:

Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish

– The offer is available all year round

–  We also offer the possibility to combine several tripa at a time (e.g. Jasna Gora and the Black Madonna, the Wieliczha Salt Mine, the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, Schindler’s Factory)

The Black Madonna of Częstochowa

Max. 2 persons

500zł/125€

3 – 8 persons

700zł/175€

9 persons and more

to negotiate

Price for tour, not for a person

The price includes entrance fee and professional Museum guide fee.

If you are not interested in a guide service ask about special prices.

You will pay for the whole service after the tour.

Book another tour and get a discount.

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