Jasna Góra Monastery

Coordinates: 50°48′45″N 19°05′50″E / 50.81250°N 19.09722°E / 50.81250; 19.09722
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Jasna Góra Monastery
Jasna Góra Monastery is located in Poland
Jasna Góra Monastery
Location within Poland
Monastery information
OrderPauline Order
Founder(s)Władysław Opolczyk
PriorSamuel Pacholski OSPPE
LocationCzęstochowa, Poland
Coordinates50°48′45″N 19°05′50″E / 50.81250°N 19.09722°E / 50.81250; 19.09722
Public accessyes

The Jasna Góra Monastery (Polish: Jasna Góra [ˈjas.na ˈɡu.ra] , Luminous Mount, Latin: Clarus Mons) in Częstochowa, Poland, is a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary and one of the country's places of pilgrimage. The image of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa, to which miraculous powers are attributed, is one of Jasna Góra's most precious treasures.[1]

The site is one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii)[2] and is tracked by the National Heritage Board of Poland.


The Defence of Jasna Góra 1655 –
by January Suchodolski
Black Madonna of Częstochowa, Poland

Jasna Góra Monastery was founded in 1382 by Pauline monks who came from Hungary at the invitation of Władysław, Duke of Opole. The monastery has been a pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years, and it contains an important icon of the Virgin Mary. The icon, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child, is known as the Black Madonna of Częstochowa or Our Lady of Częstochowa, which is widely venerated and credited with many miracles.[3] Among these, it is credited with miraculously saving the Jasna Góra monastery during the Siege of Jasna Góra that took place at the time of The Deluge, a 17th-century Swedish invasion. The event stimulated the Polish resistance. The Poles could not immediately change the course of the war, but, after an alliance with the Crimean Khanate, they repulsed the Swedes. Shortly thereafter, in the cathedral of Lwów (Lviv), on April 1, 1656, Jan Kazimierz, the King of Poland, solemnly pronounced his vow to consecrate the country to the protection of the Mother of God and proclaimed Her the Patron and Queen of the lands in his kingdom.

Among the monastery's most important exhibits is the medal from the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize received by Lech Wałęsa, the former Polish president and trade-union organizer.[4]

Walking pilgrimages[edit]

Every year since the Middle Ages, thousands of Poles go in pilgrim groups to visit Jasna Góra. In 2011, it was estimated that 3.2 million pilgrims from 80 countries around the world went to the shrine. Around 830,000 pilgrims took part in 228 pilgrimages organized in different places across Poland, 143, 983 of which reached the monastery on foot.[5] The average distance for a pilgrim group to travel is about 350 kilometres (217 miles), made in 11 days.[6]

Monastic etiquette[edit]

There are typically numerous pilgrims and tourists at Jasna Góra Monastery, and the volume of excited voices can be high. However, upon entering the Monastery, it is expected etiquette for visitors to be silent or as quiet as possible out of respect. Often, there is a long line of people who wait to approach the shrine of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. Upon arriving at the place of the shrine at which one would pass in front of the icon of Our Lady, it is expected and a sign of respect for pilgrims to drop to their knees, and traverse the anterior of the shrine on their knees.


See also[edit]



  • Czesław Ryszka. W Maryjnej Twierdzy (in Polish). Urząd Miasta Częstochowy. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2013. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  • Aleksander Radecki (1990). Piesza Pielgrzymka Wrocławska 1981–1989. Mokrzeszyn.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  • Jan Pach; Włodzimierz Robak; Jerzy Tomziński (2001). Jasna Góra. Sanktuarium Matki Bożej. Przewodnik (in Polish). Częstochowa: Wydawnictwo Zakonu Paulinów.
  • Mirosław Zwoliński (1997). Przewodnik po Częstochowie (in Polish). Częstochowa. pp. 87–112.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)


  1. ^ "Częstochowa official website". Urząd Miasta Częstochowy, Śląska 11/13, 42–217 Częstochowa. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Zarządzenie Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 8 września 1994 r. w sprawie uznania za pomnik historii". SEJM.gov.pl. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jasna Góra". 1998–2008 Copyright by Klasztor OO. Paulinów Jasna Góra – Częstochowa. Retrieved October 22, 2008.
  4. ^ Kifner, John (December 13, 1983). "Walesa Takes Nobel Medal To Polish Shrine". The New York Times. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "The "Madonna of Czestochowa" And The Nearby Area". Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Telewizja Dami – Grupa Medialna". Telewizja.radom.pl. August 15, 2012. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2013.

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