As we think about Poland, we see a christian country, with a devout religious community. Christian culture and architecture was growing constantly for a thousand years since 966 Poland has adopted Christianity.
Whilst visiting Krakow it is worth focusing on the Christian part of Poland’s history. You simply have to leave your hotel to encounter an enormous amount of churches, basilicas, and sacral sculptures- but very close to Krakow we have something even more special.
Located in the city of Częstochowa is Poland's national shrine icon, which have drawn pilgrims from across the globe for centuries. Long popular with pilgrims and holidaymakers, the most famous Polish sanctuary with the holy icon of the Black Madonna.
Experience an in-depth sightseeing excursion to the spiritual and religious centre of the country. Admire the magnificent basilica and seventeenth century monastery – the finest example of baroque architecture - not only a shrine, but set on a hill, unconquerable and a massive fortress.
The monastery of Jasna Góra is home to the miraculous "Black Madonna", a Byzantine painting of Our Lady, especially liked by Jan Pawel II. Its unusual name refers to the colour of Madonna's skin. The painting came to Poland around the XIVth century originating in the East. We do not have any information on the artist or the date it was created.
It's believed to have miraculous properties and a wondrous history. Many people, past and present claim to witness a miracle of the Black Madonna.
If your holiday planning list includes, low fare flight, accommodation in Krakow, the Jewish ghetto, don’t forget to book a Częstochowa tour!