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In Rijeka, on Trsat, 135 m above sea level, from where there is a magnificent view of the Croatian Adriatic, of the islands and of Istria, with Ucka, there stands the ancient shrine of Our Mother of Grace, Our Lady of Trsat. The beginnings of that shrine are linked with the tradition which says that on 10 June 1291 angels brought from Nazareth to Trsat the house of Our Lady, but after 3 years and 7 months they transferred it to Loreto, where it has remained to this day. Hearing of the inconsolable grief of the Croats after having been deprived of the house from Nazareth, in 1367 Pope Urban V sent to Trsat an ancient picture of the Mother of God, venerated in Rome as having miraculous powers, and before which Croatian pilgrims began to assemble. The church of the Mother of God must have existed as early as 1419, and Prince Nikola Frankopan, the Croatian ban (Viceroy), started construction of a more spacious church and monastery, that was permanently inhabited by Franciscan monks in 1453. The shrine, reached via a flight of 561 steps, has been rebuilt and renewed several times, and in 1966 a particularly valuable chapel of votive gifts was built, followed in 1992 by a treasury and a gallery. The figure of Our Lady dates from the 14th century, and Mary’s life, presented in a series of 32 pictures, is a focus of attention in the monastery cloister. Seamen and other pilgrims arrive at the shrine at any time, but particularly on Marian feast days.

  • Last visit to Trsat: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Sep 24, 2007
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