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Full nameCzęstochowa
MottoCzęstochowa to dobre miasto
(Częstochowa is a good city)
Countycity county
Established11th century
Town rights1356
MayorKrzysztof Matyjaszczyk
Total Area61.8 sq mi (160 km2)
Total Population240027 (2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)400000
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code42-200 to 42-229, 42-263, 42-271, 42-280, 42-294
Area code+48 34
Car platesSC

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Częstochowa c-plAUDPl-Częstochowa.oggczęsto'howa is a city in south Poland on the Warta River with 240,027 inhabitants (June 2009). It has been situated in the Silesian Voivodeship (administrative division) since 1999, and was previously the capital of Częstochowa Voivodeship (1975 1998). However, Częstochowa is historically part of Lesser Poland, not of Silesia, and before 1795 (see: Partitions of Poland), it belonged to the Kraków Voivodeship.

The town is known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra, which is the home of the Black Madonna painting (Polish: Jasnogórski Cudowny obraz Najświętszej Maryi Panny Niepokalanie Poczętej), a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year, millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Częstochowa to see it. There is also a Lusatian culture excavation site and museum in the city and ruins of a medieval castle in Olsztyn, approximately 25 kilometres (ca. 16 mi) from the city centre.

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