Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Poland in Pictures #2: Czestochowa



A portion of the Jasna Gora Monestary, located in Czestochowa, which houses the religious icon The Black Madonna painting.  Thousands of Catholics walk on foot across Poland as a pilgrimage to this location to pay homage (In 2012, 103,000 made this pilgrimage).



Inside the monestary cathedral




The Black Madonna icon, credited with various miracles ranging from the winning of battles to the crippled being able to walk.  Although it's origins are shrouded in mystery and legend, it has been associated with Poland for over 600 years.




Evidence of The Black Madonna's miracles


8 comments:

caite said...

Would love to see the Black Madonna!

bermudaonion said...

Wow, I bet seeing that was awe inspiring.

JoAnn said...

So beautiful!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

So ornate!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

It's so elaborate and beautiful! Imagine attending church there.

Darlene said...

Oh my, I bet this is amazing in person. There's just so much history there.

Tasha Brandstatter said...

Very cool!

Beth F said...

I always love seeing the left-behind crutches, etc. Proof indeed. :)