Saturday, September 2, 2017
Jasna Góra Monastery
After leaving Warsaw, we headed south through the Polish countryside and stopped at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, a famous Polish shrine to the Virgin Mary and one of the country's places of pilgrimage. Every year, millions of pilgrims from all over the world travel to see the image of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa (seen in the first two photos above). The painting is said to have miraculous healing powers and is one of Jasna Góra's most precious treasures. Founded in 1382, the monastery is another site designated as one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments.