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Paulite Monastery of Jasna Góra

Poland’s spiritual capital began with the arrival of the Paulite order from Hungary in 1382, who named the 293m hill in the western part of the city ‘Jasna Góra’ (Bright Hill) and erected this monastery. Believers a…
Church in Częstochowa

Chapel of Our Lady

The oldest part of the Paulite Monastery of Jasna Góra contains the revered Black Madonna.The picture is unveiled at 6am and 1.30pm (2pm Saturday and Sunday) and covered again at noon and 9.20pm (1pm and 9.20pm Satu…
Castle in Ojców National Park

Pieskowa Skała Castle

If you can only do one thing in Ojców National Park, visit this 14th-century castle, one of the best-preserved castles in the upland. The castle was rebuilt in the 16th century in imitation of the royal residence of…
Cave in Ojców National Park

King Łokietek Cave

Stretching over 270m through several passages, Łokietek Cave is accessible from the black trail heading south from Ojców Castle and can be visited on a 30-minute tour. Legend has it that before he became king in the…
Museum in Częstochowa

600th Anniversary Museum

This museum contains fascinating artefacts, including the founding documents of Jasna Góra from 1382 and a cross made from the steel of the World Trade Center, destroyed in New York on 11 September 2001. Particularl…
Italian in Częstochowa

U Braci

For pizza and pasta near the monastery, you could hardly do better than this authentic Italian restaurant, just a few minutes walk from the main monastery entrance. Expect wood-fired pizzas, inventive pastas, and de…
Monument in Częstochowa

Jewish Memorial

A small landmark near the Stary Rynek marks the deportation zone, the Umschlagplatz, from where tens of thousands of Jews were transported to their deaths at Treblinka in 1942. The memorial includes a copy of a haun…
Polish in Częstochowa

Dobry Rok

Easily the best of a string of restaurants that line the upper end of al NMP toward the monastery. There's a mix of Polish and international dishes, with the local favourite being a plate of glazed and baked salmon …
Church in Ojców National Park

Chapel on the Water

About 100m north of Ojców Castle is the frequently photographed Chapel on the Water, which was fashioned in 1901 from the bathhouse that originally stood in its place. In keeping with its exterior simplicity, the th…
Ruins in Ojców National Park

Ojców Castle

Ojców Castle was deserted in 1826, and has since fallen into ruin. The 14th-century entrance gate and octagonal tower are original, but there’s little else to explore. The view of the wooden houses scattered across …