Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jasna Gora Gates and Grounds

One of several fountains on Jasna Gora grounds.

Jasna Gora Monastery
Lubomirski - first gate into Jasna Gora. This gate is dedicated to the Princes of Lubomirski; this royal family gave many valuable objects to the Pauline Monks of Jasna Gora. 

 Gate 2 - Virgin Mary Queen of Poland

 Gate 3 - Shrine of our Lady Queen
Gate 4 - Matka Boża Bolesna (Our Lady of Sorrows)  and the clock tower behind this gate.
 Tower with a gold crown and flags.

Totus Tuus Gate - Pope John Paul II's apostolic motto in latin meaning "totally yours". 

In 1655 the Swedish Lutheran Army invaded Poland winning victory over victory of the cities in Poland, that is until they came to Jasna Gora. The Pauline monks refused to surrender even though they were greatly outnumbered.  The battle began and to no avail the Swedish Army could not defeat the monks. This cannon is dedicated to the winning victory that the Monks had over the army. The monks would climb the tower and shower the Swedes with pious hymns. Just before General Muller was to launch a last attack on Christmas Day, he was eating breakfast and cursing Jasna Gora, when he suffered a fatal accident by a stray bullet. 

Angels protect those who dedicate their lives to God.


Ginny said...

What a strangely odd story! I have never seen what looks like a skyscraper monastery!! Usually the ones here are simple and rather pious.

Ileana said...

Very interesting story and nice monastery!

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Astonishing looking building! Ah - I have heard there is no defense against Pious Hymns!!

Roan said...

Amazing building and architecture and interesting reading, too.

Rose said...

these are all so amazing, but that tower with crown and flags takes the cake for me. Would love to see and examine all.

My name is Riet said...

What beautiful photo's from Poland. We have been on a cruise and visited Pooland as well as most other east europen countries and most of them have these kind of monasteries . This one is beautiful.

EG CameraGirl said...

Interesting bit of history here, Is that REAL gold? How did ever survive the Nazi and Soviet years?

Ida said...

So much history here. It really is fascinating. Loved the Gold Crown tower.

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