CZESTOCHOWA

THE SPIRITUAL CAPITAL OF POLAND

Częstochowa is a place known to many people around the world, primarily due to the presence of the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the icon of the Black Madonna, which is located in the monastery of the Pauline Fathers at Jasna Góra. The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15), attracts every year about 100,000 pilgrims to Częstochowa every year from Poland and abroad. The Chapel of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Jasna Góra is the epicentre of the Shrine.

The Chapel of Our Lady with the Image of the Mother of God and Baby Jesus, also known as the Black Madonna, is the most important goal of the pilgrims arriving in Jasna Góra. It was from the altar of Our Lady that the Polish kings set out on military expeditions and brought here their votive offerings. John Paul II also offered a Golden Rose and the belt shot through during the attempt on his life in 1981, which are now placed next to the image of the Black Madonna.

The chapel consists of three parts erected at different times. The oldest, gothic part is today’s presbytery and is decorated with an ebony and silver altar from the 17th century. The second, baroque part is decorated with votive offerings, expressing gratitude to the Mother of God for favors. The third part of the chapel dates from the beginning of the 20th century.

Częstochowa is situated in the northern part of the Province of Silesia, in a picturesque range of limestone hills. The city is located near Katowice-Pyrzowice and Kraków-Balice Airports, on one of the main transport routes of Poland, connecting the northern and southern parts of the country.

The region around of Częstochowa – the Polish Jurassic Highland also known as the Polish Jura – is a perfect place for sport, recreation and activity-focused tourism. The Kraków-Częstochowa upland is an exceptional eco-paradise with unique natural appeal. Częstochowa is a great starting point for Jurassic tourist trails, with ruins of medieval fortresses, limestone rocks and caves, attracting numerous hikers, cyclists and horse riders, rock climbers, cave explorers and hang-gliders.

Częstochowa offers a rich and varied cultural palette thanks to its excellet cultural establishments such as the City Museum, City Art Gallery, Philharmonic Hall, Adam Mickiewicz Theater, “Gaude Mater” Center for the Promotion of Culture, Film Culture Center and City Community Center. Local events in Częstochowa, such as “Aleje – tu się dzieje” – a project comprising a series of cultural events in the main avenue of the city, or “Hot Jazz Spring”, “Frytka OFF”, “Hip-Hop Elements”, Reggae ON” and “Retro” festivals are very popular among the inhabitants of Częstochowa and are a recognizable trademark of the city in Poland and abroad.

YOUR LOCAL CONTACT

Tourist Information Center

Aleja Najświętszej Maryi Panny 65
42-217 Czestochowa, Poland
Tel. 0048 343 682 250
Email: mcit (at) czestochowa.um.gov.pl

www.czestochowa.pl

Top 6 most important sights TOP 6 MOST IMPORTANT SIGHTS

Chapel of our Lady

The Chapel of Our Lady with the image of the Mother of God and Baby Jesus, also known as the Black Madonna, is the most important goal for the pilgrims arriving at Jasna Góra. John Paul II also offered a Golden Rose and the belt shot through during the attempt on his life in 1981, which are now placed next to the image of the Black Madonna.

Basilica

The church is dedicated to the Holy Cross and to the Assumption of the Holy Mother. Designated a basilica in 1906, the church’s baroque interior is richly decorated with rich stucco and paintings. The main altar in the form of late baroque marbled sculpture depicts the Assumption of the Mother of God.

Library

It is divided into two parts – old and new. There are about 8000 old prints and medieval illuminated manuscripts here, including unique specimens from the royal collections of the Jagiellonians, in the old library. The library’s ceiling is decorated with frescoes from the first half of the 18th century.

Jasna Góra Tower

This is the highest point of Jasna Góra and currently the highest church tower in Poland (106.3 m). 519 steps lead to the fifth floor, from which one can view the whole area. Above the first floor, there is a clock with 36 bells which play the melodies of songs of St. Mary.

Knights’ Hall

The representative, early baroque hall of Jasna Góra, stands adjacent to the upper part of the Chapel of the Mother of God. Built in 1647, it was a room for debates, meetings and conventions. In 1936, the first plenary synod of the reborn Poland took place there. It also displays 17th century paintings depicting important events in the history of the monastery.

Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross was built in 1900-1913 according to the design of Stefan Szyller in the monastery park which is surrounded on three sides by the walls of the Sanctuary. The figures of 14 stations were cast in bronze by the Warsaw sculptor Pius Welonski. It has already become a tradition of pilgrimages in Jasna Góra to conduct the service of the Way of the Cross here.

HOW TO GET HERE?

BY PLANE

Katowice Airport (KTW)

Located in Pyrzowice village, 60 km from Czestochowa
(direct bus connection to Czestochowa www.pyrzowiceekspres.pl')

www.katowice-airport.com

Krakow Airport (KRK)

130 km from Czestochwa
(then to Krakow city center and from there by train or bus to Czestochowa)

www.krakowairport.pl

Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)

220 km from Czestochowa
(then to Warsaw city center and from there by train or bus to Czestochowa)

www.lotnisko-chopina.pl

Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI)

250 km from Czestochowa
(then to Warsaw city center and from there by train or bus to Czestochowa)

www.modlinairport.pl

BY CAR

From the North

Gdansk, Berlin, Poznan, Lodz and Warsaw (European route - E75, National road 1 - DK1, street - aleja Wojska polskiego)

From the South

Katowice, Krakow, Vienna (European route - E75, National road 1 - DK 1, street - aleja Wojska Polskiego)

BY TRAIN

Czestochowa Osobowa (city centre):

Main entrance - Aleja Wolnosci 21
East entrance - ul. Pilsudskiego 32
Bus stops: Dowzec Glowny PKP or Pilsudskiego
Tram stop: Dworzec Glowny PKP

Czestochowa Stradom:

Entrance - ul. Pulaskiego 114
Bus stop: Stradom-dworzec PKP