The Jasna Góra Monastery (pronounced Yasna Gura) is located in the city of Czestochowa, southern Poland. It is famous because there is a very famous icon of the Virgin, Our Lady of Czestochowa, the realization of which is attributed to the evangelist Luke. The sanctuary is linked to the founding of the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit and the monks and is the most important pilgrimage site in the country. It stands on a small hill with a high steeple. It occupies about five hectares. It has a surrounding park on three sides and a large open space inside for the big manifestacines. The monastery consists of two square buildings of the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries connected by a seventeenth century arch. In 1655, the Swedes attacked Poland but could not invade Jasna Góra, as it resisted the attack with just one hundred soldiers against the 30,000 of the Swedes. This made the whole country rise in arms, the war was won and in 1656, King John II Casimir Vasa devoted the entire country under the protection of Our Lady of Jasna Gora.
The Stations of the Cross explain to us step by step the passion of Christ, and near most churches there are small ceramics on the walls of the streets, pictures.. But the Stations of the Cross in the Monastery of Jasna Góra, the place where the Black Madonna is kept, in Czestochowa City is impressive. This Way of the Cross is around the Monastery, the images are almost life size and are on pedestals over 2 meters high, its impressive beauty, and being placed in a ditch, and surrounded by trees and nature, the view from the monastery is more beautiful. They invite you to reflect, to sit and look at them, it is one of the most beautiful Via Crucis that I have ever seen.
In Spanish it would probably be pronounced "Chestocova". This southern Polish city, which has a population of about 260,000 inhabitants, is world renowned for being one of the places most famous for its Marian pilgrimage in the world. Although Lourdes and Fatima are ahead, this is well known as Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Virgin (from the colour of the painting) was a favorite of PopeJohn Paul II, the Polish Pope, one of symbols of the country is kept in the Monastery here. Everything in the city revolves around the monastery and pilgrimages, the restaurants, hotels, and the many religious souvenir shops.
An Evangelical Church of the Resurrection, located in Katowice and belonging to the Lutheran Church. The cornerstone was laid on July 17th, 1856. The church was built in neo-Romanesque style, which combines elements of Lombard Romanesque architecture with the architecture of the Byzantine and early Florentine Renaissance. Features include window arches, inner room, octagonal towers and the façade of the rosette.
Plans for the creation of the parish date back to the mid nineteenth century, the first project was huge because Katowice was expanding and needed a large church. The project had to be discarded as it was just too expensive and the size was considerably reduced. The church has crossed naves and polygonal section, which is adjacent to the sacristy. The interior is simple and quite modern, within a very modern Gothic pattern.
These mountains, just on the border of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, are one of the most touristic areas of Poland. It is obvious this is one of the most beautiful regions in the country and therefore they couldn't do anything but cater to the large number of visitors, mostly Slovaks, Czechs and Poles, to allow them enjoy themselves without any discomfort. In the surrounding villages there are many good restaurants with a lot of accommodation for tourists, "still" at a really cheap price (until Poland adopts the Euro as the national currency it is a good holiday destination as things are cheap), this is another thing, ... for sure! When you get "the euro". This is just a small corner, a beautiful corner of course, of the thousands that can be found in this chain of mountains, in the Sudete range. I could not film everything of course, but I clearly remember the hundreds of wonderful sites I saw in the three days I spent in this area, with my very great friend Assa, what a woman. I send you my respects and my greeting.
This magnificent park is one of the many I visited on my stay in Poland. There are parks everywhere here, in all corners of the country. The parks are numerous and beutiful, often with delightful little lakes in them that you can stroll around and spend most of the day there. They are especially pretty in autumn, with all of the fantastic, natural colours on display.
On the way to Katowice from Skawa Pieskowa we could still enjoy those flashes of legendary and indigenous culture each country has in its interior and that the people themselves do not realize are theirs alone until they leave their own country. That's why, my great friend Assa, asked if in Spain the milkman came to the front door to leave the barrel of 15 liters of milk and take it away empty. Then asked me what color we paint the doors in Spain when there is a single person living there??, My answers were just teasing of perplexity, denoting single surprise and astonishment when I heard something. Well in this journey where we stopped to see one garden after another, since some were in the first division, I find that thanks to God in this very modern world in which we live, all local customs are not yet extinct.