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Name: Pieskow Skala
Location: Czestochowa
Country: Poland
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The next day we left Crakow and aimed for Czestochowa. On the way we stopped at Pieskow Skala. The castle was built in the 14th century and later rebuilt in the renaissance style. This is a well-preserved castle, with a museum of art and European tapestry.  There is also a restaurant in one of the towers with tables on the roof.

We arrived in  Czestochowa in the middle of the afternoon and checked in to the hotel at the foot of the hill that leads up to Jasna Gora (Bright Mountain) This is not a castle but a fortified monastery, which houses the most religious icon for the polish people, the Black Madonna. This is the centre of pilgrimage for Poles and guidebooks have pictures of the crowds, which cover the hill when the Pope visits.

 

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