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Chapel of the Mother of God with a miraculous image along with the atrium

In the second half of the 14th century, due to damage to the painting, a painter of the Sienese School created a new Italo-Byzantine icon on the remains of the previous composition, retaining its initial outline. The image, 121,8 x 81,3 cm in size, was painted on a linden panel base with stuck-on canvas covered with chalk primer, using tempera with gilded elements. On Mary’s right cheek and neck there are characteristic scars – indentations in the primer filled with dark red paint – commemorating an act of iconoclasm performed of 1430.

South wing corridor

In the western part of the southern wing of the monastery, on the side of the viridarium, there is a […]

Rosary Chapel

In the southern wing of the monastery, on the ground floor, there is the Rosary Chapel – a former minor […]

Vestibule of the Rosary Chapel

The Rosary Chapel is preceded by a square vestibule covered with a barrel vault. From the northern side, it joins […]

Painting “The Miracle of Bringing a Mother and Two Sons Back to Life”

On the northern wall of the room, there is a large, semicircular image made in the Jasna Góra painting workshop […]

Stoup

At the entrance to the sacristy, on the left, in a rectangular conch vaulted niche, there is a baroque stoup […]

Polychromy

In the eastern part of the vestibule, high on the walls above the entrance into the sacristy, there is a […]

Portals

2 historic early baroque portals have been preserved in the vestibule. Rectangular, profiled, with ram’s head pediments and protruding cornices, […]

Vestibule (former sacristy)

Between the chapel of the Miraculous Image and the presbytery of the basilica, there is a rectangular room which currently […]

Spiritual Miracles

The aforementioned spectacular events bear witness to the intercession of the Mother of God, who constantly mediates for us in […]

Healing of Katarzyna Wiącek from Lublin

In 1979, Katarzyna Wiącek from Lublin suffered from a nerve palsy in her leg. Soon arterial embolism developed and doctors […]

The liberation of Częstochowa from the Nazi occupation without a single shot

In 1945, Marshal Koniew, commanding the Soviet army, stopped for a few days near Częstochowa to regroup during the march […]

Saving Jasna Góra from bombing during World War II

Shortly after the invasion of Poland began, in the first days of September 1939,  the Nazis attempted to bomb Jasna […]

Salvation of Ewa Domańska’s soul from purgatory

The history of Zuzanna Kawecka from Sieradz, described in chronicles, testifies to the fact how important prayer is for the […]

The rescue of Tomasz Stanisław Wolski during a sea storm

In 1753, a pious man, Tomasz Stanisław Wolski, set off on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. During the sea voyage, the […]

The defence of Jasna Góra during the Swedish Deluge.

During the Swedish invasion of Poland in 1655, when almost the entire country was occupied by the enemy, the Swedish […]

Release of Jadwiga Strzyżewska from Tatar captivity

In 1629, Tatar hordes led by Khan Dzhanibek Gireja invaded Poland, reaching as far as Przemyśl. Many women and children […]

Saving buried miners from Olkusz

One day in 1609, in the lead and silver mine in Olkusz, there were 5 miners working together. Suddenly there […]

Raising from the dead of Małgorzata Lanio from Lubliniec and her two sons

In 1540, in Lubliniec, a tragedy occurred in the family of a butcher, Marcin Lanio. During his absence, his wife […]

Restoration of sight to Jakub Wężyk from Vilnius

The earliest miracle recorded in Jasna Góra is the healing of Jakub Wężyk, the court painter of King Władysław Jagiełło […]

Book of favours and miracles

The oldest collection of descriptions of miracles and blessings received through the intercession of Our Lady of Częstochowa preserved in […]

The miraculous image of Our Lady of Częstochowa

The image of Our Lady of Częstochowa has been considered miraculous from the very beginning. According to its legendary history, […]

Tabernacle

In the centre of the altar, directly above the altar slab, there is an architectural tabernacle made of ebony in 1650…

Monastery – Foundation

The Jasna Gora Monastery was founded in 1382 by Prince Władysław Opolczyk. He brought the Pauline Fathers – monks of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit…

Pauline Fathers – the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit

The Pauline Fathers were brought from Hungary to Jasna Góra by the founder of the monastery, Prince Władysław Opolczyk. Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit…

Pulpit

In the nave of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, near the first southern (right) pillar, there is an early Baroque pulpit, made around 1644 as part of the fittings of the newly built nave body, later supplemented with Rococo ornaments.

Antependium

The decorative parament (hanging) of the frontal part of the altar slab, the so-called antependium was made around 1717, probably on the occasion of crowning the Miraculous Image.

Music loft and the matronea

The music loft in which the organ is placed, located in the western wall between the matronea of the aisles, was constructed together with the nave body of the chapel of the Miraculous Image in 1644.

The Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Jasna Góra – history and description

The image of our Lady of Czestochowa was created in the Mid-13th century as a Balcan icon of the Byzantine Hodogetria type

Series of Marian paintings

Out of the Baroque paintings created together with the stucco decoration of the nave of the chapel in the years 1683-1689

Series of the holy paintings

Out of the Baroque paintings created together with the stucco decoration of the nave of the chapel in the years 1683-1689,

Altar decoration

The whole altar is adorned with 152 decorative elements of silver – architectural details, ornaments and figures.

Gold decoration of the Miraculous Image

Following the theft and damage to the painting in 1430, king Władysław Jagiełło founded gilded silver plates which cover the halos of Mary and Child

Epitaph of Jan Klemens Branicki

On the southern (right) wall of the chapel, in the aisle, on the side of the vestibule, there is the epitaph of Jan Klemens Branicki, who died in 1657.

Figure of Apocalyptic Madonna

The altar is topped with a full figure sculpture of Virgin Mary with Child, portrayed as the Apocalyptic Madonna.

Figures of angels

The altar is decorated with 5 pairs of silver figures of angels. Two pairs – one of them standing on pedestals with candlesticks in their hands

Figures in niches

Initially, in the semicircular niches over the gates of the ambulatory behind the altar there were silver figures

„Golgota Jasnogórska – The Golgotha of Jasna Góra” by Jerzy Duda-Gracz

On the upper floor of the vestibule of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, the so-called “Golgotha of Jasna Góra is presented

Intradas

Since the second half of the the eighteenth century, the exposition and screening of the Miraculous Image was accompanied by intradas

The Crowns of the Miraculous Image

Mary Mother of God and Jesus have gowns and crowns put over the Miraculous Image. In 1717, on the holiday

Nave body – architecture

The nave body of the chapel of the Miraculous Image is a three-nave, three-span basilica, square in plan

Nave body of the chapel – history

The developing veneration of the Miraculous Image and growing number of arriving pilgrims made it necessary to enlarge the chapel.

Grille

The presbytery of the chapel of the Miraculous Image is separated from the nave by a decoratively wrought grille

Crucifix

n the 18th century altar of Crucified Christ in the chapel of the Miraculous Image, there is a wooden crucifix made by an anonymous master of the late 15th century.

Crypt

In the vestibule under the north-eastern corner, there is the entrance to the burial crypt located under the main nave of the chapel.

Wrought leather wallpaper

The tradition of covering the walls of the presbytery of the Chapel of the Miraculous Image with wrought leather wallpaper dates back

Eternal lamps

The presbytery and the nave of the chapel of the Miraculous Image are adorned with a set of 12 silver baroque eternal lamps.

Loggia

A pilgrim heading directly for the chapel of the Miraculous Image enters it through a two-storey vestibule.

Mensa Mariana (the so-called Marian Table)

The “Back Painting” of the Miraculous Image was executed by Izydor Krasuski, the then Provincial of the Pauline Fathers in Poland

Tombstone of Helena Warszycka

On the southern (right) wall of the chapel there is the tombstone of Helena Warszycka nee Wiśniowiecka

Tombstone of Father Stanisław Krajewski

On the eastern wall, from the north side, that is, on the left side of the presbytery, there is a tombstone of Father Stanisław Krajewski,

Tombstone of the Męcińscy family

On the southern wall of the vestibule of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, there is the tombstone

Tombstone of Stanisław Warszycki

On the eastern wall, from the south side, that is, on the right side of the presbytery, there is a tombstone of Stanisław Warszycki,

Tombstone of Zygmunt Grudziński

In the aisles of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, there are 17th-century tombstones of Polish magnates

Ambulatory of the altar

The tradition of pilgrims coming to Jasna Góra is walking around the altar with the Miraculous Image

The painting of Blessed Virgin Mary the Conqueror of Heresy

In 1882, baroque paintings by Karol Dankwart, located on the vault of the nave and the archivolts of the matronea in the chapel of the Miraculous Image were replaced with an eclectic series of images of saints.

The painting of the Siege of Jasna Góra

On the eastern wall of the nave, directly above the rainbow arch separating the presbytery, there is a painting depicting the siege of Jasna Góra by the Swedish in 1655…

The painting “Lviv Vows of Jan Kazimierz”

On the upper floor of the vestibule of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, there is a magnificent painting entitled “Vows of Jan Kazimierz”…

Altar of Crucified Christ

In the southern (right) aisle, on the eastern wall – that is, on the side of the presbytery of the chapel of the Miraculous Image – there is the altar of Crucified Christ.

Urn with the ashes of Father Augustyn Kordecki

On the northern (left) wall of the vestibule of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, in a glazed niche…

Commemorative plaques

On the pillars of the vestibule of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, numerous commemorative plaques are located, which commemorate the acts of martyrdom of Polish people from the time of World War II, the Solidarity and Scout movements, as well as veteran’s votive offerings.

Votive offerings on the chapel walls

For many centuries, pilgrims coming to Jasna Góra made votive offerings to the Miraculous Image, with requests for intercession or thanksgiving for the graces experienced.

Stucco work

Almost all the chapel interior, apart from the places assigned for votive offerings, is filled with stucco work – decorations made of special mortar.

Votive offerings on the altar – the heart and the papal belt

A unique and very personal votive offering is the cassock belt worn by Saint John Paul II on the day he was shot in the assassination attempt…

Votive offerings – Papal Roses

On the right side of the altar,, in the chapel of the Miraculous Image, 3 Gold Roses are kept – the greatest papal award…

Votive offerings on the altar – royal orb an sceptre

On the left side of the altar, next to the frame of the Miraculous Image, there are royal insignia – a sceptre and an orb – a gift of the Polish Women’s Association,

Curtain screening the Miraculous Image

The tradition of covering venerated images goes back to the Middle Ages. Initially, expensive fabrics were used for the purpose…

Stalls in the choir

The northern matroneum in the nave body of the chapel of the Miraculous Image performed the function of the choir […]

Stations of the Cross

On the walls of the vestibule of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, there are 14 Stations of the Cross from the turn of the 19th century, in the form of paintings on wooden panels.

Vestibule – architecture

Before entering the chapel of the Miraculous Image, we need to pass through the so-called vestibule, a two-storey pillared cloister adjacent from the west.

Presbytery of the chapel – polychromies

The interior of the presbytery is adorned with wall paintings. The oldest of them, created in the 16th century, located on the north (left) wall, depict the Annunciation and the Flight to Egypt.

Presbytery of the chapel – architecture

The oldest part of the chapel of the Mother of God is the presbytery, in which the altar of the Miraculous Image is located.

Entrance portals

From the vestibule of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, three portals dating from 1643 lead to the nave structure. They were designed by the Italian Giovanni Battista Gisleni, royal architect.

Pieta sculpture

On the slab of the altar of Our Lady of Sorrows is the chapel of the Miraculous Image, on a marble pedestal, there is a Gothic sculpture of Pieta – the Deposition.

Millennium offerings

There are memorabilia connected with the jubilee of the one-thousandth anniversary of the christening of Poland, which are kept in the chapel of the Miraculous Image.

The last pair of side altars

In the third span of the nave structure of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, near the pillars, there is the last pair of side altars.

Pipe organ

The pipe organ currently located in the music loft in the chapel of the Miraculous Image opposite to the altar is a modern instrument, made by the Kamińscy company from Warsaw in the years 1988-1989.

Altar of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the side altars in the second span of the nave structure of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, there are Baroque paintings preserved, set in ornamental frames…

Fatherland Altar

The altar, which now houses the Miraculous Image, was founded by the Great Crown Chancellor Jerzy Ossoliński.

Altar of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the second span of the nave structure of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, near the pillars, there is a pair of Pseudo-Baroque side altars…

Altar of Our Lady of Sorrows

In the northern (left) aisle, on the eastern wall, that is, on the side of the presbytery of the chapel of the Miraculous Image, there is the altar our Lady of Sorrows…