Our Lady of Czestochowa, the most famous shrine in Poland, and that country’s patroness, is shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that the original was painted – perhaps ‘written’ in Easter terminology – by Saint Luke himself; that the icon was discovered by Saint Helena in 326, and given to her son, Constantine, who brought it to the Eastern capital he had founded, which he named, naturally enough for an Emperor, after himself. From there, by means we know not, it eventually ended up in Poland apparently in 1384, as it was brought on its way by the Polish Prince

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