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.