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I grew up Catholic but have long ago stop going to church. Hanging out in this monastery reminded me of the sacredness in the church. Surrounded by devotees, beautiful medieval construction, and the Black Madonna. A very special place.
Our guide was Father Simon - very entertaining and thorough explanation of the complex, the legends and miracles. We were fortunate on the day we visited that it was not very crowded. An unusual occurrence we were told. So be prepared for long lines and...More
I'd got an idea to visit one of the holiest places of Poland after reading Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel "Flood". Jasna Gora is located in two hours from Krakow by train. The Cathedral is very beautiful with free entrance and large territory with many museums and...More
Jasna Gora is a huge complex comprised of the main church, the chapel with the icon, museuns, outside gardens and outside church. It ia wheelchair friendly but they also have a lovely service for people with difficulties in walking (like those golf carts). They have...More
Our group visited on June 28. Many many visitors. Our guide was Sister Carolyn and she was perfect. Explained what we were seeing and provided the history.
I understand this is the 5th most visited religious site, Mecca being the first. Many Polish people pilgrimage...More
This was a deeply religious place for us. I'm not sure if one would appreciate the significance if one were not so religious/Catholic. The Black Madonna itself is above the altar and when we went, it was literally in the middle of mass and frankly,...More
Best way to visit is by train from Krakow.About 2 hours.It is advisable to buy train tickets a day in advance.To the church it is advisable to board the bus as it is quite a walk.Otherwise by taxi from train station about 15PLN.Jasna Gora is...More
Most Poles will say this is their pilgrimage site and the holiest place in Poland. Its an active monastery with its own Black Madonna (Our Lady of Czestochowa) credited with many miracles as can be seen by the items hanging on the walls. Its a...More
I knew nothing of this Shrine before planning our trip to Krakow with friends. I had 12 years of Catholic Education, have been to Rome, Medjugorje & various shrines in our travels so a Shrine devoted to a portrait & legend seemed like an easy...More
I would opt for the longer option, rather than the shorter one, especially if you want to attend a mass. The guided tour is about an hour/ hour & a half, mass is about an hour, plus there's everything to catch that isn't on... More
I would opt for the longer option, rather than the shorter one, especially if you want to attend a mass. The guided tour is about an hour/ hour & a half, mass is about an hour, plus there's everything to catch that isn't on the main tour, which is going to take some time, if you don't rush. 3.5 hours will be cutting it a little close to make it back to the train in time, even with a cab. Plus, you can always take some time to check out the rest of Czestochowa if you finish up early at Jasna Gora.