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This photo was taken from a shop in the Krakowske Skunnice (Clothes Market) This an Icon showing the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.

The Jasna Góra Monastery (Polish: Jasna Góra, Hungarian: Fényes Hegy, Latin: Clarus Mons, English: Bright Hill) is a Pauline Father monastery in the City of Częstochowa, Poland.
The monastery has been a pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years, and it contains the most important icon of the Virgin Mary in this part of Europe. The icon, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child, is known as Black Madonna of Częstochowa or Our Lady of Częstochowa, which is widely venerated and credited with many miracles[citation needed]. Among these, it is credited with miraculously saving the Jasna Góra monastery during a siege that took place at the time of The Deluge, a 17th century Swedish invasion, the events of which changed the course of the war. Shortly thereafter in the cathedral of Lwów, on April 1, 1656, Jan Kazimierz, the King of Poland, solemnly pronounced his vow to consecrate the country to the protection of the Mother of God and proclaimed Her the Patron and Queen of the lands in his kingdom.

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