Jasne, ?e Cz?stochowa
(Of course Cz?stochowa)
|o Mayor||Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk (SLD)|
|o Total||160 km2 (60 sq mi)|
(31 December 2019)
|o Total||220,433 (13th)|
|o Density||1,380/km2 (3,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
42-200 to 42-229, 42-263, 42-271, 42-280, 42-294
|Area code(s)||+48 34|
Cz?stochowa ( CHEN-st?-KOH-v?, Polish: [t?st?'x?va] ) is a city in southern Poland on the Warta River with 220,433 inhabitants, making it the thirteenth-largest city in Poland. It is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship (administrative division) since 1999, and was previously the capital of the Cz?stochowa Voivodeship (1975-1998). However, Cz?stochowa is historically part of Lesser Poland, not of Silesia, and before 1795 (see: Partitions of Poland), it belonged to the Kraków Voivodeship. Cz?stochowa is located in the Kraków-Cz?stochowa Upland. It is the largest economic, cultural and administrative hub in the northern part of the Silesian Voivodeship.
The city is known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra, which is the home of the Black Madonna painting (Polish: Jasnogórski Cudowny obraz Naj?wi?tszej Maryi Panny Niepokalanie Pocz?tej), a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year, millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Cz?stochowa to see it. The city also was home to the Frankism movement in the late 18th and the 19th century.
The city has undertaken excavation of an ancient site of Lusatian culture, and has a museum devoted to this. The ruins of a medieval castle stand in Olsztyn, approximately 25 kilometres (16 miles) from the city centre (see also Trail of the Eagles' Nests).
The name of Cz?stochowa means Cz?stoch's place and comes from a personal name of Cz?stoch, mentioned in the medieval documents also as Cz?stobor and Cz?stomir. Variations of the name include Czanstochowa used in 1220, and Cz?stochow used in 1382 and 1558. A part of today's city called Cz?stochówka was a separate municipality mentioned in the 14th century as the Old Cz?stochowa (Antiquo Czanstochowa, 1382) and Cz?stochówka in 1470-80. The city was also known in German as Tschenstochau and in Russian as (Chenstokhov).
According to archaeological findings, the first old Polish settlement in the location of Cz?stochowa was established in the late 11th century within Piast-ruled Poland. It was first mentioned in historical documents from 1220, when Bishop of Kraków Iwo Odrow made a list of properties of the Mstów monastery. Two villages, Cz?stochowa and Cz?stochówka were mentioned in the document. Both of them belonged to the basic territorial unit of Slavic Polish tribes (opole), with its capital at Mstów. Cz?stochówka was located on a hill, where the Jasna Góra Monastery was later built.
In the late 13th century Cz?stochowa became the seat of a Roman Catholic parish church, which was under the Lelów deanery. The village was located in the northwestern corner of Kraków Land, Lesser Poland, near the Royal Castle at Olsztyn. Cz?stochowa developed along a busy merchant road from Lesser Poland to Greater Poland. The village was ruled by a starosta, who stayed at the Olsztyn Castle.
It is not known when Cz?stochowa was granted town charter, as no documents have been preserved. It happened sometime between 1356-1377. In 1502, King Alexander Jagiellon granted a new charter, based on Magdeburg rights to Cz?stochowa. In 1382 the Paulist monastery of Jasna Góra was founded by Vladislaus II of Opole - the Polish Piast prince of Upper Silesia. Two years later the monastery received its now-famous Black Madonna icon of the Virgin Mary; in subsequent years became a centre of pilgrimage, contributing to the growth of the adjacent town.
Cz?stochowa prospered in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, due to efforts of Sigismund I the Old, the future king of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. At that time, Sigismund ruled the Duchy of G?ogów, and frequently visited Cz?stochowa on his way to the Duchies of Silesia (1498, 1502, 1502, 1503, 1505, 1505, 1506). In 1504, Cz?stochowa was granted the right to collect tolls on the Warta river bridge. In 1508, Cz?stochowa was allowed to organise one fair a year; in 1564, the number of fairs was increased to three annually, and in 1639 to six. In the year 1631, Cz?stochowa had 399 houses, but at the same time, several residents died in a plague, after which 78 houses were abandoned.
In the first half of the 17th century, kings of the House of Vasa turned the Jasna Góra Monastery into a modern Dutch-style fortress. During the Swedish invasion of Poland in 1655, the monastery was one of the pockets of Polish resistance against the Swedish armies (for more information, see Siege of Jasna Góra). The town of Cz?stochowa was almost completely destroyed by Swedish soldiers. It has been estimated that the town lost 50% of the population, and 60% of houses. But the town suffered less severe destruction than such area towns as Przyrów, Olsztyn and Mstów. It took several years for Cz?stochowa to recover from extensive losses. As late as in the 1680s there still were ruined houses in the town.
At the same time, the Jasna Góra Monastery prospered. On February 27, 1670, the wedding of the king Micha? Korybut Wi?niowiecki to princess Eleanor of Austria took place here. In 1682 the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Black Madonna of Cz?stochowa brought thousands of pilgrims from both Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Silesia. The Jewish community in Cz?stochowa developed by about 1700.
During the Great Northern War, Cz?stochowa was captured by the Swedish army on August 11, 1702. In February 1703 Swedes besieged the monastery, but failed to seize it. In April 1705 the Swedes returned, and appeared at the monastery again in September 1709. Unable to capture the fortified stronghold, they looted villages in the area, set Cz?stochowa on fire, and left towards Wielu?. At that time, a village of Cz?stochówka also existed next to Cz?stochowa. The village belonged to the monastery and quickly developed. In 1717 it was granted town charter, and its name was changed into Nowa Cz?stochowa (New Cz?stochowa). The town was completely destroyed during the Bar Confederation. On February 8, 1769, the monastery was seized by rebels of the Bar Confederation, commanded by Kazimierz Pu?aski. Soon the stronghold was besieged by Russians under German-born General Johann von Drewitz. The Russians gave up on January 15, 1771.
In 1789, the population of Cz?stochowa (also called Stara Cz?stochowa, Old Cz?stochowa) was app. 1,600, which was less than in the 15th century. After the Great Sejm passed the Constitution of May 3, 1791, local Sejmiks were obliged to legitimize it. On February 14-15, 1792, a sejmik of the szlachta of northern part of Kraków Voivodeship (counties of Lelów and Ksi Wielki) took place in Cz?stochowa. Traditionally, local sejmiks were organized in ?arnowiec; the fact that it was moved to Cz?stochowa confirms the growing importance of the town.
In 1760, Jacob Frank, the leader of a Jewish sect mixing Kabbalah, Catholicism and Islam, was imprisoned for heresy in the monastery by the church. His followers settled near him, later establishing a cult of his daughter Eve Frank. In August 1772, Frank was released by the Russian general Aleksandr Bibikov, who had occupied the city. Frank had promised the Russians that he would convince Jews to convert to Orthodox Christianity.
During the Partitions of Poland, Cz?stochowa was seized by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1793, and incorporated into the province of South Prussia, Department of Kalisz (Kalisch). The Old Cz?stochowa became the seat of a county (see Districts of Prussia). During the Napoleonic Wars, in 1807 Cz?stochowa became part of the Duchy of Warsaw. In 1815 it came under Russian-controlled Congress Poland, in which it remained until World War I. Old Cz?stochowa remained the seat of a county in 1807-1830. In 1809, the monastery was unsuccessfully besieged by Austrians (see Polish-Austrian War). On April 2, 1813, Jasna Góra was seized by the Russians (see War of the Sixth Coalition), after a two-week siege.
In 1821, the government of Congress Poland carried out a census, according to which the population of New Cz?stochowa was 1,036, while the population of Old Cz?stochowa was 2,758. Furthermore, almost four hundred people lived in several settlements in the area (Zawodzie, Stradom, Kucelin). The idea of a merger of both towns was first brought up in 1815. In 1819, military architect Jan Bernhard planned and started the construction of Aleja Naj?wi?tszej Panny Marii--the Holy Virgin Mary Avenue, which is the main arterial road of the modern city. It connected Old Cz?stochowa with New Cz?stochowa.
Finally, the two towns were officially merged on August 19, 1826. The new city quickly emerged as the fourth-largest urban centre of Congress Poland; surpassed only by the cities of Warsaw, Lublin, and Kalisz. On September 8, 1862, a patriotic rally took place in the city, in front of St. Sigismund church. As a reprisal, Russian military authorities destroyed app. 65% of Cz?stochowa's Old Town, and introduced martial law . During the January Uprising, several skirmishes took place in the area of Cz?stochowa, with the last one taking place on July 4, 1864 near Chorzenice.
In 1846 the Warsaw-Vienna Railway line was opened, linking the city with the rest of Europe. After 1870 iron ore started to be developed in the area, which gave a boost to the local industry. Among the most notable investments of the epoch was the Huta Cz?stochowa steel mill built by Bernard Hantke, as well as several textile mills and paper factories.
In 1900, the traveling cinema of brothers W?adys?aw and Antoni Krzemi?ski came to the city for the first time, after it was founded in ?ód? in 1899 as the oldest Polish cinema. In 1909, they settled in Cz?stochowa and founded Kino Odeon, the first permanent cinema in the city.
Up to the Second World War, like many other cities in Europe, Cz?stochowa had a significant Jewish population: according to Russian census of 1897, out of the total population of 45,130, Jews constituted 12,000 (so around 26% percent). An anti-Semitic pogrom occurred in 1902, Cz?stochowa pogrom (1902). A mob attacked the Jewish shops, killing fourteen Jews and one gendarme.
Cz?stochowa entered the 20th century as one of the leading industrial centres of Russian Poland (together with Warsaw, ?ód?, and Zagbie D?browskie). The city was conveniently located on the Warta and other smaller rivers (Kucelinka, Stradomka, Konopka). Real estate and land prices were low, compared to ?ód?. The monastery attracted numerous pilgrims, who also were customers of local businesses. In 1904, Cz?stochowa had 678 smaller workshops, which employed 2,000 workers. In 1902, rail connection to the Prussian border crossing at Herby Stare was opened, and in 1911, the line to Kielce was completed. The Revolution in the Kingdom of Poland (1905-1907) began in Cz?stochowa as early as May 1904, when first patriotic rallies took place. On December 25, 1904, a man named Wincenty Makowski tried to blow up a monument of Tsar Alexander II, which stood in front of the monastery. In February 1905, a general strike action was declared in the city, with workers demanding pay rises. In June 1905 street clashes took place in Cz?stochowa, in which 20 people were killed by Russian forces. Further protests took place in 1909 and 1912.
In early August 1914, Cz?stochowa was abandoned by the Imperial Russian Army, and the first units of the German Army entered the city on August 3. Four days later drunken German soldiers shot at each other; an unknown number died. Residents of the city were accused of killing Germans, and as a punishment, a number of civilians were executed. During the German occupation (1914-1918), Cz?stochowa was cut off from its prior Russian markets, which resulted in widespread poverty and unemployment. Furthermore, German authorities closed down several factories, urging unemployed workers to migrate to Upper Silesia, where they replaced men drafted into the army. Altogether, some 20,000 left for Upper Silesia and other provinces of the German Empire. On February 2, 1915, Cz?stochowa was visited by Charles I of Austria. Four days later Emperor Wilhelm II came to the city, and on May 17, 1915, Cz?stochowa hosted King of Saxony Frederick Augustus III.
Unlike the city of Cz?stochowa, since April 26, 1915, the Jasna Góra Monastery had been under the control and protection of Austria-Hungary, after the personal intervention of Emperor Franz Joseph I, who was a pious Roman Catholic. The monastery was manned by soldiers under Austrian Army Captain Josef Klettinger and remained under Austrian control until November 4, 1918. In October 1917, the City Council of Cz?stochowa demanded permission to destroy the monument to Tsar Alexander II, to which General Governor of Warsaw Hans Hartwig von Beseler agreed. Polish authorities established control over the entire city on November 11, 1918, the day of the re-establishment of Poland's independence.
On November 12, 1918, three companies of the freshly created Polish Army marched along the Holy Virgin Mary Avenue. In 1919-1921, Cz?stochowa was one of the centres of support of Silesian Poles fighting in the Silesian Uprisings. On December 4, 1920, Symon Petliura arrived, together with app. 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers. Their arrival spurred widespread protests, as the city already had a desperate food situation and was obliged to house and feed the Ukrainians.
In the Second Polish Republic, Cz?stochowa belonged to Kielce Voivodeship (Kieleckie), where since 1928 it constituted City County of Cz?stochowa. In the 1920s, the local industry still suffered from World War I losses, and having been cut off from Russian markets. Unemployment remained high, and thousands of workers left for France in search of jobs. The Great Depression was particularly difficult, resulting in strikes and workers' street clashes with the police.
In 1925, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cz?stochowa was created. The city grew in size, when between 1928 and 1934, several local settlements and villages were incorporated into city limits. In 1939, the population of Cz?stochowa was 138,000, which made it the 8th-largest city of Poland. In 1938, the Polish government announced plans to liquidate Kielce Voivodeship, and create Sandomierz Voivodeship (Sandomierskie), based on Central Industrial Area. According to these plans, Cz?stochowa was to be transferred either to ?ód? Voivodeship (?ódzkie), or Silesian Voivodeship (?laskie), together with Zagbie D?browskie.
In the Polish Defensive War of 1939, Cz?stochowa was defended by the 7th Infantry Division, part of northern wing of Kraków Army. After the Battle of Mokra and other battles, Polish forces withdrew, and the Wehrmacht entered the city on Sunday, September 3, 1939. Cz?stochowa was renamed by the Germans as Tschenstochau, and incorporated into the General Government. Monday, September 4, 1939, became known as Bloody Monday or also Cz?stochowa massacre. The Germans killed 227 people (205 ethnic Poles and 22 Jews) in various places in the city, including the town hall courtyard, town squares and at a local factory (some estimates of victims put the number at more than 1,000; 990 ethnic Poles and 110 Jews).
From the beginning of the occupation, the Germans initiated a plan of cultural and physical extermination of the Polish nation (see Nazi crimes against the Polish nation). By decision from September 5, 1939, one of the first three German special courts in occupied Poland was established in the city. On September 6, 1939, the Einsatzgruppe II entered the city to commit atrocities against the population. On September 14-15, 1939, the Germans arrested around 200 inhabitants of the district of Stradom. In order to terrorize the Polish population, on November 9-11, 1939, the Germans carried out mass arrests of dozens of Poles, including the mayor, vice-mayor, teachers, students, activists and local officials, but they were soon released. During the AB-Aktion, the Germans carried out mass arrests of Poles in March, June and August 1940, and also imprisoned 60 Poles from Radomsko and the Radomsko County in the local prison in March 1940. Arrested Poles were then either deported to the Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald and Ravensbrück concentration camps or massacred in the nearby forests of Olsztyn and Apolonka. Among the victims of the massacres committed in Olsztyn were school principals, teachers, lawyers, policemen, merchants, craftsmen, pharmacists, engineers, students and local officials, and among the victims of the Apolonka massacres were 20 girl scouts. Further executions of local Poles were carried out by the Germans throughout the war.
Under German occupation Cz?stochowa administratively was a city-county (Stadkreis Tschenstochau), part of the Radom District of the General Government. The Polish resistance movement was active in the city, and units of the Home Army and National Armed Forces (NSZ) operated in its area. A branch of the secret Polish University of the Western Lands was located in the city, and it secretly continued Polish education. The secret Polish Council to Aid Jews "?egota", established by the Polish resistance movement operated in the city. On April 20, 1943, a NZS unit attacked the local office of the Bank Emisyjny w Polsce. After the collapse of the Warsaw Uprising, Cz?stochowa briefly was the capital of the Polish Underground State.
On April 9, 1941, the Nazi Germans had created a ghetto for Jews in the city. During World War II approximately 45,000 of Cz?stochowa's Jews, almost the entire Jewish community living here, were killed by the Germans. Life in German-occupied Cz?stochowa is depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, by Art Spiegelman, the son of a Jewish Cz?stochowa resident. Before the Holocaust, Cz?stochowa was considered a great Jewish centre in Poland. By the end of World War II, nearly all Jews had been killed or deported to extermination camps to be killed, making Cz?stochowa what Nazi Germany called judenfrei. There are many known cases of local Polish men and women, who were captured and persecuted by the Germans for rescuing and aiding Jews. These Poles were sentenced to death, prison or Nazi concentration camps, in which some died, some survived, while the fate of many remains unknown. Poles who saved Jews in other places in the region were also either sentenced to death by the local German court or incarcerated in the local prison.
During and after the Warsaw Uprising, in August-October 1944, the Germans deported thousands of Varsovians from the Dulag 121 camp in Pruszków, where they were initially imprisoned, to Cz?stochowa. Those Poles were mainly old people, ill people and women with children. In late December 1944, there were 14,671 registered Poles, who were expelled from Warsaw.
In the autumn 1944, Germans fortified the city, preparing for a lengthy defence. On January 16, 1945, however, the Wehrmacht retreated after just one day of fighting. The city was restored to Poland, however, with a Soviet-installed communist regime, which remained in power until the Fall of Communism in the 1980s.
Due to the communist idea of fast industrialisation, the inefficient steel mill was significantly expanded and named after Boles?aw Bierut. This, combined with the growing tourist movement, led to yet another period of fast city growth, concluded in 1975 with the creation of a separate Cz?stochowa Voivodeship (Cz?stochowskie). In the immediate post-war period, Cz?stochowa belonged to Kielce Voivodeship (1945-1950), and then the city was transferred to Katowice Voivodeship (Katowickie). In the People's Republic of Poland, Cz?stochowa emerged not only as an industrial, but also academic centre of the region. The city expanded, with the first tram lines opened in 1959. On January 1, 1977, several villages and settlements were annexed by Cz?stochowa. As a result, the area of the city expanded from 90 to 160 square kilometres (35 to 62 sq mi).
In modern times, Pope John Paul II, a native son of Poland, prayed before the Black Madonna during his historic visit in 1979, several months after his election to the Chair of Peter. The Pope made another visit to Our Lady of Cz?stochowa in 1983 and again in 1987, 1991, 1997 and 1999. On August 15, 1991, John Paul II was named Honorary Citizen of Cz?stochowa. On May 26, 2006, the city was visited by Pope Benedict XVI.
The climate is humid continental (Köppen: Dfb), but still with some oceanic characteristics (Cfb), especially in recent normals. Cz?stochowa is in one of the hottest summer regions in Poland; although its winters are not the most rigorous, they are colder than the more moderate climates of the west and the Baltic Sea.
On average, there are four hours a day with direct solar radiation. In the course of the year, the best insolation is observed in June, due to the greatest length of the day. There are few windless days in Cz?stochowa. Lull periods on an annual scale account for an average of 9.2%. Western winds prevail here - 18% and south-west - 18.2%. At the same time, they achieve the highest speeds from these directions - 2.2 m/s. The northern winds are least common - 7.7% and north-eastern winds - 7.4%.
|Climate data for Cz?stochowa (Parkitka), elevation: 293 m, 1961-1990 normals and extremes|
|Record high °C (°F)||12.2
|Average high °C (°F)||-0.1
|Daily mean °C (°F)||-2.8
|Average low °C (°F)||-5.5
|Record low °C (°F)||-26.6
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||33
|Average precipitation days||8.8||7.8||8.3||7.8||10.3||10.0||10.5||9.1||8.0||7.6||9.5||9.8||107.5|
There are about 26,000 companies registered in Cz?stochowa. They are represented by the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cz?stochowa. The investment areas form part of the Katowice Special Economic Zone. The main initiator of activities pertaining to the economic development and investments is the Agency of Regional Development. In 2007, in areas surrounding the ISD Cz?stochowa Steelworks, the Cz?stochowa Industry Park was established. In 2011, three industry clusters were established - The Cluster of Polymers Manufacturing "Plastosfera", Cz?stochowa Communal Cluster "Aglomeracja" and the Regional Cluster of Building Industry and Infrastructure "Budosfera".
Industry Cz?stochowa is the main city in the Cz?stochowa Industrial District, which is the third biggest in the Silesian Voivodship. Since the medieval times, the metal industry has been developing, thanks to the iron ore deposits. The main factories in the city include:
Currently, the city is one of the main tourist attractions of the area and is sometimes called the little Nuremberg because of the number of souvenir shops. It attracts millions (4.5 mln - 2005) of tourists and pilgrims every year. The Black Madonna of Cz?stochowa, housed at the Jasna Góra Monastery, is a particularly popular attraction.
Throughout the centuries, many buildings have been erected, most of them now have the status of tourist attractions and historical monuments since Cz?stochowa was established already in the Middle Ages. Among those attractions are old townhouses and the urban core of the city centre. The most popular with religious tourism as mentioned above is the Jasna Góra Monastery.
The main representative artery in the city centre is the Naj?wi?tszej Maryi Panny Avenue (The Holy Virgin Mary Avenue). It was first built in the beginning of the 19th century, as a road linking Cz?stochowa with New Cz?stochowa, cities which were administratively merged in 1826. The most characteristic feature of the avenue is its layout, whereby the lanes are separated by the pedestrianised boulevard. During the pilgrimage period, the Avenues are used by pilgrims heading for Jasna Góra Monastery. The avenues are 1.5 km long and 44 m wide; primarily they perform trade, service, financial and cultural functions. The housing consists mostly of classicist, late-classicist houses, rarely eclectic. More modern buildings can also be noticed. The most interesting townhouses include:
Jasna Góra Parks are two city parks (Stanis?aw Staszic Park and 3 May Park) located in the city centre, on the slope of Jasna Góra Hill. The parks were established in 1843. The total area of both parks is 11.8 ha. The parks are a popular leisure place and a spot for those enjoying short walks. In 1909, the Great Exhibition of Agriculture and Industry took place in the park, it was attended by 660 exhibitors and 500,000 visitors. In Staszic Park, one can find an astronomical observatory, which was opened in 1909. The parks also accommodate the Iron Ore Museum.
Main road connections from Cz?stochowa include a connection with Warsaw (to the north-east) and Katowice (to the south) via the European route E75 (Motorway ). There are also three other national roads: to Wielu?, to Opole and to Piotrków Trybunalski. Furthermore, Cz?stochowa is a major railroad hub, located at the intersection of two important lines - west-east (from Lubliniec to Kielce) and north-south (from Warsaw to Katowice). Also, an additional northbound line stems from Cz?stochowa, which goes to Chorzew Siemkowice, where it joins the Polish Coal Trunk-Line. There are six railway stations in the city, the biggest ones being Cz?stochowa Osobowa and Cz?stochowa Stradom. The city has direct connections to many Polish cities as Warsaw, Cracow, Katowice, Wroc?aw and Szczecin, proteza koniecpolska makes some of the connections more comfortable.
The public transport is managed by the Cz?stochowa City Council of Roads and Transport. The public transport carriage is contracted to the City Public Transport Corporation (Miejskie Przedsi?biorstwo Komunikacyjne). The public transport in Cz?stochowa comprises 3 tram lines, 30 city bus lines and 8 suburban lines connecting Cz?stochowa with Blachownia, Mstów, Konopiska, Poczesna, Olsztyn. The bus transport connecting Cz?stochowa Bus Station with other towns and villages in the Cz?stochowa region is operated by the Cz?stochowa Bus Transport Ltd. (PKS Cz?stochowa).
Konstal 105Na trams on Niepodleg?o?ci (Independence) Avenue
In Cz?stochowa on top of the Jasna Góra Monastery serving the museum and exhibition functions, other similar institutions include:
The Bronis?aw Huberman Philharmonic of Cz?stochowa is located in the city centre on Wilson Street, in the building erected between 1955 and 1965 on foundations of New Synagogue, which had been burnt down on 25 December 1939. The Philharmonic has at its disposal two concert halls and one rehearsal hall. The large concert hall can accommodate 825 people, whilst the small hall has 156 seats.
The concert hall of the Philharmonic of Cz?stochowa is a place where concerts of symphonic orchestra take place. The building itself is younger than the history of symphonic concerts in Cz?stochowa, as the first concert took place in March 1945. The mixed choir has been functioning since the Philharmonic was set up. The choir was professionalized in September 2012 and it was named The Cz?stochowa Philharmonic Choir "Collegium Cantorum".
The Philharmonic is also a co-organiser and a co-performer of operas, operettas and ballets. It is also a place where various exhibitions take place. The Philharmonic annually organises Bronis?aw Huberman International Violin Festival, Reszek Vocal Competition, Festival of Traditional Jazz "Hot Jazz Spring". The Philharmonic also engages in organising the "Night of Culture", the International Festival of Sacral Music "Gaude Mater" and the Bach Family Music Festival.
Music education is also an important part of the Philharmonic's activity. Its educational functions are carried out through a series of concerts such as "Music for children", "FEEL harmony - feel the climate!" and "Sunday Mornings with Philharmonic". In 2010, the building of The Philharmonic of Cstochowa was refurbished through the financial support from the European Fund of Regional Development.
In Cz?stochowa, there are many functioning female, male and mixed choirs. The oldest is the Male Choir "Pochodnia" (Torch). Others include the Academic Choir of the Cz?stochowa University of Technology, the Jasna Góra Vocal Ensemble "Camerata" and the Archcathedral Choir of the Holy Family "Basilica Cantans".
Adam Mickiewicz Theatre is located on Kili?ski Street in the city centre. The building was erected between 1928 and 1931. Between 1979 and 1984 it was refurbished. The theatre has three halls: Big, Small, Histrion and Marek Perepeczko Foyer. The Theatre organises "Festival of Important Plays - Through Touch", "Festival of High School Theatres" and "Children's Land of Sensitivity". It also takes part in annually organised "Night of Culture".
The Centre for the Promotion of Culture 'Gaude Mater' is a cultural institution established in 1991. It is the organiser of various cultural events in Cz?stochowa, such as:
In Cz?stochowa, there are three cinemas. Two are part of chain of cinemas Cinema City Poland: Cinema City "Wolno" (Freedom), which has 1766 seats, and Cinema City Galeria Jurajska, opened in 2009. There is also an independent cinema, O?rodek Kultury Filmowej (Centre of Cinematography), established in 1991.
Some of the tertiary educational institutions in Cz?stochowa include:
Cz?stochowa is a city with powiat rights. Residents of Cz?stochowa elect 28 city councillors. The executive branch of local government is a city mayor. The city hall is located in ?l?ska Street 11/13.
The city is divided into 20 neighborhoods. The residents of each neighborhood elect Neighborhood Council members.
The neighborhoods of Cz?stochowa include: B?eszno, Cz?stochówka-Parkitka, D?bów, Gnaszyn-Kawodrza, Grabówka, Kiedrzyn, Lisiniec, Mirów, Ostatni Grosz, Podjasnogórska, Pó?noc, Raków, Stare Miasto, Stradom, ?ródmie?cie, Trzech Wieszczów, Tysi?clecie, Wrzosowiak, Wyczerpy-Anio?ów, and Zawodzie-D?bie.
In the Cz?stochowa 2018 mayoral elections the results were as follows: Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk (Democratic Left Alliance) 59.76%, Artur Warzocha (Law and Justice) 25.54%, Marcin Maranda (Residents of Cz?stochowa) 6.17%, Tomasz Jaskó?a (Kukiz'15) 5.27%, Jacek Krawczyk (Civic Coalition) 2.83%, Martin Saczek (Razem) 0.43%.
In the Cz?stochowa City Council Elections 2018 the results were as follows. Seats in the city council: Left Democratic Alliance (32.80%) 12, Law and Justice (26.04%) 10, Civic Coalition (15.98%) 5, Together for Cz?stochowa (Independents) (8.77%) 1. After elections in Cz?stochowa was formed a centre-left coalition between liberal and pro-market Civic Coalition and social democratic Left Democratic Alliance. Conservative Law and Justice remained in opposition.
|1. District (central):
Podjasnogórska, Stare Miasto,
?ródmie?cie, Trzech Wieszczów
|2. District (northwestern):
|3. District (northeastern):
Mirów, Pó?noc, Wyczerpy-Anio?ów,
|4. District (southeastern):
Ostatni Grosz, Raków, Wrzosowiak
|5. District (southwestern):
B?eszno, D?bów, Gnaszyn-Kawodrza,
Grabówka, Lisiniec, Stradom
|lower house of Parliament (Sejm)||higher house of Parliament (Senate)||Silesian Regional Assembly|
|Szymon Gi?y?ski (PiS), Mariusz Trepka (PiS),||Wojciech Konieczny (SLD),||Marta Salwierak (KO),|
There are also published cultural quarterlies such as: Aleje 3, Bulion; a monthly Puls Regionu and an annual - Ziemia Cz?stochowska
In addition to the Roman Catholic Church and Polish Orthodox Church, various denominations are present in Cz?stochowa, including Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, Baptist Union of Poland, Jehovah Witnesses, Pentecostal Church, Plymouth Brethren, Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Polish Catholic Church. Cz?stochowa is the Seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cz?stochowa, as well as Holy Family Archdiocese Cathedral in Cz?stochowa, and the Jasna Góra Monastery along with 50 Catholic Parish Churches.