The Jasna Góra Monastery
The Monastery Jasna Góra is located in the city of Czestochowa, some 120 km north of Krakow. The monastery houses The Black Madonna which is one of the most sacred icons of Poland. The legend tells that the Madonna was painted by St Luke the Evangelist on a table top from the house of the holy family in Nazareth. The icon was damaged during the war in 1430 but the pieces were assembled and an artist from Krakow painted a new Madonna over the original. Several times a year, may pilgrims travel to the monastery to see the Madonna, the most sacred icon of the Catholic Church. The drive from Krakow to Czestochowa is beautiful, with limestone rocks in strange formations.