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Refectory

The Baroque Great Refectory is among the most beautiful interiors of the Jasna Góra monastery. The room is located on the ground floor of the western wing of the monastery complex. It is a rectangular space covered with a barrel vault with lunettes, constructed around mid-17th century. It was completed for the wedding ceremony of King Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki. It was renovated after the church fire in 1690 and its vault was decorated with paintings. The divisions of the vault are emphasised by an ornamental stucco decoration which also forms the frames of variously shaped panels. It is entirely covered with polychromy with a rich iconographic program connected with the function of the room, painted by Karol Dankwart in the years 1695-8. The interior is illuminated by rectangular windows in deep niches topped with segmental arches – 5 on the western side, 2 on the southern one. An entrance with a baroque portal leads to it from the corridor located on the eastern side.

Refectory vestibule

The part of the monastery corridor running along the refectory forms its vestibule. It is cross-vaulted, with groins emphasised by […]

Lavabo

The sizeable late Baroque architectural lavabo, filling the whole height of the wall below the arch, was constructed of black […]

Crucifix

In the middle of the southern wall, in the panel with painted heads of angels among clouds, there is a […]

Vault decoration

The polychromy of the refectory vault is extremely rich and, at the same time, coherent in terms of themes and […]

Refectory – function

Refectory (Latin: refectorium) is a dining room at a monastery, a place where monks, above all, gather for meals together, […]