The Paulist Ivan Belostenec wrote here the first Latin-Croatian dictionary "Gazophylacium".
With the abolition of the Paulist holy order in 1786, the monastery has been concerted into a state penitentiary in 1854. In 2001 the penitentiary moves out, and the state gives it over to the Varazdin diocese.
The Paulist monastery and the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary exist since 1400 and fall under the protected cultural heritage of national importance. Almost the entire church is preserved in the Gothic style of construction, while the subsequent construction and reconstruction belong to the early and late Baroque.
There are some facts regarding this church and the town of Lepoglava I didn't know before.
From 1503 until 1637 the first Croatian public secondary school started working in the monastery, and the first Croatian university in the 17th and 18th century.
Well, we never stop learning about our own history.
Favorite thing: Although so small, Lepoglava is well known place in Croatia. Most of the Croatian inhabitants have no clue about the importance of the local church, yet they know where Lepoglava is because here is situated the main state penitentiary. This is how it looks from the outside.
Favorite thing: Lepoglava is very small town situated in the heart of the Hrvatsko Zagorje region. It has no more then a few thousand of inhabitants. Besides the Church of Blessed Virgin Mary, nothing else is worth of note here, but still, the church and the monastery are the good reason not to miss it if around.