The Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This part of the sanctuary is composed of Gothic presbytery, mannerist - baroque body of naves and the Renaissance cloister.

In 1382, the Pauline monks received a small wooden church from Prince Ladislaus of Opole. In the early 15th century in the reign of Ladislaus Jagiello, a gothic chapel was built (now the presbytery).

The high altar, featuring the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Czestochowa, was founded in 17th century by Jerzy Ossolinski. The altar was designed by the outstanding Italian architect Giavoni Battista Gisleni. The wooden ebony parts of the altar were made by royal carpenters. The vest part of the silver ornamentation of the altar was made by Johann Christian Bierpfaff, a royal goldsmith.

The walls of the main structure of the chapel are covered with countless votive offerings, bearing testimony of the gratitude of the pilgrims for miracles and graces received through the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

The Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The biggest treasure of Jasna Gora is the Miraculous Painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The painting of the Virgin belongs to the group of Hodigitria icons: "She who indicates the Way". It is painted on a wood panel measuring 121.8 x 81.3 cm and features a bust of the Virgin with Jesus in her arms. Mary's face dominates the painting and observers find themselves immersed in her eyes. They look at Mary, who looks back at them.

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