KRAKOW SIGHTSEEING AND CITY TOURS
One day tour from Krakow to the Black Madonna in Czestochowa
Every year 4-5 million pilgrims from all over the world visit Czestochowa, the most important pilgrimage center in Poland. Jasna Gora´s most valuable treasure is the miraculous painting of Our Lady - the symbol of belief for Poles. In 1655 the attack on Jasna Gora by the Swedish army was considered a violation of religious sentiments and the victorious result was ascribed not to the military skill of the soldiers or the fastness of the fortress, but to the protection of the Mother of God herself, guardian of the site.
The pilgrimage tradition to Czestochowa dates back to the 16th century and is still popular. Every year, thousands of tourists travel to the sanctuary on foot. Polish kings, politicians, scientists, and the Holy Father Pope John Paul II have visited the monastery. During times of occupation and communism, the sanctuary at Jasna Gora was the symbol of freedom for Poles.
During your stay in the monastery, you can see the Basilica and Chapel of the Mother of God, which contains the Holy Icon. Then we move on to the Knight’s Hall and then to one of the most imposing treasuries and the arsenal. After a short break for shopping, we go to the 600th Anniversary Museum, which boasts a considerable collection of mainly liturgical objects, of great artistic value, along with a rich collection of paintings, mostly by the monks themselves.
Then it’s back to Krakow, passing through the colorful landscapes of the Krakowska-Czestochowska Valley, with its scattered ruins of medieval castles, Jurassic limestone rock shapes, deep caves, and botanical rarities. Next to Ojcow stands the renaissance castle of Pieskowa Skala - a chance to visit one of the most beautiful castles in Poland.
Services: Bus transfer Krakow - Czestochowa - Krakow and a tour guide
Duration: 7 hours