Tourist Information Centre
Aleja Najświętszej Maryi Panny 65
tel. 0048 343 682 250
e-mail: mcit (at) czestochowa.um.gov.pl
A city of cultural, religious and national heritage
Częstochowa is a place known to many people around the world, primarily due to the presence of the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the icon of the Black Madonna, which is located in the monastery of the Pauline Fathers at Jasna Góra. The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15), attracts every year about 100,000 pilgrims from Poland and abroad to Częstochowa. The Chapel of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Jasna Góra is the centre of the Shrine.
The Chapel of Our Lady with the Image of the Mother of God and the Baby Jesus, also known as the Black Madonna, is the most important goal of the pilgrims arriving in Jasna Góra. It was from the altar of Our Lady that the Polish kings set out on military expeditions and brought here their votive offerings. John Paul II also offered a Golden Rose and the belt shot through during the attempt on his life in 1981, which are now placed next to the image of the Black Madonna.
The chapel consists of three parts erected at different times. The oldest, gothic part is today’s presbytery and is decorated with an ebony-silver altar from the 17th century. The second, baroque part is decorated with votive offerings, expressing gratitude to the Mother of God for favours. The third part of the chapel is from the beginning of the 20th century.
Częstochowa is situated in the northern part of the Province of Silesia, in the picturesque range of limestone hills. The city is located near the Katowice-Pyrzowice and Kraków-Balice airports, on one of the main transport routes of Poland, connecting the northern and southern part of the country.
The vicinity of Częstochowa - the Polish Jurassic Highland also known as the Polish Jura – is a perfect place for sport, recreation and active forms of tourism. The Kraków-Częstochowa upland is an exceptional eco-paradise with unique natural values. Częstochowa is a great starting point to Jurassic tourist tracks, with ruins of medieval fortresses, limestone rocks and caves, attracting lots of hikers, cyclists and horse riders, rock climbers, cave explorers and hang-gliders.
Częstochowa has a rich and varied cultural offer. The high culture is successfully represented by the municipal institutions: the City Museum, City Art Gallery, Philharmonic Hall, Adam Mickiewicz Theatre, “Gaude Mater” Centre for Promotion of Culture, Film Culture Centre and City Community Centre. Local events in Częstochowa, such as “Aleje – tu się dzieje” – a project comprising a series of cultural events in the main avenue of the city, or “Hot Jazz Spring”, “Frytka OFF”, “Hip-Hop Elements”, Reggae ON” and “Retro” festivals are very popular among the inhabitants of Częstochowa and are a real trademark of the city in Poland and abroad.