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Marija Bistrica

In the most difficult times through history Croatian people have relied on our strength of will and weapons, but also on God’s help – through appeals to Mary the mother of God who is referred to in song and prayer as the “Mother and Queen of Croats”.
Sacred pilgrimages have always been a part of Croatian culture. Often displaced from their homes, or emigrating for a better life abroad, in seeking God’s help these Croatians often became pilgrims. The Croatian nomad was admired by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) in the prose of “Divina Commedia” (Paradiso XXXI lines 105-106):
As someone who has come, say, from Croatia
To look on our Veronica, and cannot,
From his old craving for it, see enough,

But in his thoughts says, while it is exposed,
"My Lord Jesus Christ, true God and Savior,
Was this your face then as you once appeared?"
Thoughout our beautiful homeland, there are many churches, chapels and sacral monuments which represent a national treasure and which testify to the culture and creativity of the Croatian people

  • Last visit to Marija Bistrica: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Jul 17, 2004
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“two oak branches and cheese ;-)”

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