Thursday, December 24, 2009

Jasna Gora Monastery Church

Founded in 1382 by Pauline monks, the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, Poland has one very famous resident. Our Lady of Częstochowa, sometime called the “Black Maddona,” is a icon painting depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child. A rare vintage lead souvenir building of the Jasna Gora Monastery was made around 1930. The lead building replica has ‘open’ architecture allowing you to see through windows. On the base are the words: "Andenken Aus Warschau" and on the other side: "PAM. Z CZESTOCHOWY" On the front you can see an embossed image of the "Black Madonna." This replica measures 6 3/4 inches high with a 5 1/2 inch base. One sold on eBay recently for $360. The real monastery has been a pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years. Because of this painting, Jasna Góra became Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary in Poland. Scott D. sent me photos of more souvenir versions including a lamp and miniature of just the church's tower.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have at least 3 different version of this Church. One is a candle of the tower. SD

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