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Reviewed 11 July 2017

There are places in Częstochowa, where you just have to go to. Do not hesitate and I promise you - you will be satisfied.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank BeaSzy
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

For Catholics - and any religious for that matter - a trip to Poland is not complete without visiting the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Just to get through the throngs of pilgrims is a feat to see the portrait but is well worth the wait.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank G1681VUjohno
Reviewed 29 June 2017

With a lot of history behind this shrine, it is one of the most revered places in Poland. It is considered a must-visit after the Vatican for the catholic Community. With a such a prominence, this place is always crowded and it is advisable for...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Lucy_kumar
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We had a group of 20 touring Poland. This was a must see spot. We attended the veiling of the Madonna and had Mass the next morning. An amazing story to the Black Madonna and gorgeous surroundings.

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank 443bruceb
Reviewed 20 June 2017

You have to be ready for the crowd! We were there on a Sunday and it was wall to wall people. It was cold and rainy day but people are very religious in this country! The museum is very crowded (I mean crowded!) and really...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank 365amib
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Impressive icon of Polish Catholicism. Very beautiful and on many people's must see list. However, it was located in a small chapel whose entry way was undergoing renovation. Extremely crowded with people on top of each other. Felt uncomfortable and unsafe. We visited on Wednesday...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Wesley C
Reviewed 9 June 2017

The monastery is impressive. There is much to see here. There are many images of Our Lady of Czestochowa throughout but the original can only be seen at certain times. It is in a very small chapel and is covered most of the time. We...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 8 June 2017

A trip to Poland would not be complete without a visit to the Jasna Gora Monastery where you will see an icon of the Black Madonna (Our Lady of Częstochowa). The Black Madonna is a painting of the Virgin Mary. Legend says Our Lady appeared...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

You will not want to miss the beautiful paintings, statues, and Icons in this wonderful Church. Also, Poland is one of the best places to buy souvenirs in Europe as the you et so much more for your money there. We ended our tour in...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank chuckbianco
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I drove 3 1/2 hours to get to Czestochowa from Zakopane to see the icon of the Black Madonna (before backtracking almost 2hours to arrive finally in Krakow) at the suggestion of a dear friend, a retired priest. The monastery complex is...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Don S
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Response from Quasimama | Reviewed this property |
The Madonna is revealed during a Mass, which is always absolutely packed to the rafters. But on one of the monk/priest led tours, you just bypass the Mass and crowd, and walk past the icon. I can’t imagine a requirement to... More
Ken D
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Response from 443bruceb | Reviewed this property |
There are various unveiling and veiling times during the day. For our visit it was unveiled at 6 am, veiled at noon, unveiled at 1pm and veiled at 9 pm. It is not a quick process each time. Prayers involved so actual times... More