Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Szkaplerznej i świętego Rafała Kalinowskiego Czerna
Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Scapular Czerna
Surrounded by the beech forests of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, in a secluded area above the Eliaszówka valley, stands an important monument of the baroque – the church and monastery of the Discalced Carmelites in Czerna, also known as the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Szkaplerzna and of St. Rafał Kalinowski.
The monastery and church of St. Prophet Elijah were built in 1629 by the foundation of Agnieszka z Tęczyńskich Firlejowa. The image of the Madonna of Szkaplerzna has been stored here since the mid-18th century. The growth of the painting’s popularity among worshippers was given impetus by St. Rafał Kalinowski, whose relics are kept in a special chapel. St. Rafał was canonised by John Paul II in 1991. The most important festivals celebrated in the sanctuary are the feast of the Madonna of Szkaplerzna (on 16 July) and the feast of St. Rafał Kalinowski (on the Sunday following 16 July, or on 20 November).