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Sacred sites, which attract pilgrims, are part of every religion.  In Poland the Catholics gather for prayers in shrines and monasteries, of which Jasna Gora in Czestochowa is the most important, the Orthodox Christians take crosses to the holy Mount Grabarka and the Jews are drawn to the tombs of their Tzaddiks in Lezajsk and Lelow.

The spiritual capital of Poland is monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, where there is miraculous icon of the Black Madonna.  Every year it attracts hundreds thousands of pilgrims throughout the year.  But the most important celebrations take place in August 15th and August 26th and bring together people from over all Poland.

The oldest religious site is in Gorka Klasztorna where, in 1079, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in front of a shepherd. The most immense church in Poland is the basilica in Lichen. It can accommodate up to 30,000 people. The unique Holy Stairs are in the sanctuary in Sosnica and the smallest crowned statuette of the Virgin Mary stands in Gidle. It is only 9cm tall but is considered to be very powerful!

One of the unique religious sites is the church, monastery and the calvary of the Bernardine complex in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments in Poland. The Mysteries of the Passion of the Jesus Christ are held in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska on the Good Thursday and gather pilgrims to also from other countries.

Mount Grabarka is the most important place of worship for the Orthodox Christians.  Every year on July 19th they travel to the Mount and bring crosses to place them by the church.

The Jews from all over the world travel to Lezajsk and Lelow to pray at the tombs of the Hasidic Tzaddiks, Elimelech and Dowid Biderman.

 

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