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    Svetilište

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 2, 2013

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    The present parish church in Bistrica was built at the end of 18th century, according to plans of the Viennese architect Schmidt and under the supervision of his pupil Herman Bolle. It was partially constructed upon the old foundations, and expandedin the neo-Renaissance style.

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    The Church

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 2, 2013

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    In 1923 the church was given the designation of basilica minor by pope Pius XI. In 1971, during the 13th International Marian Congress, the Bishop's Conference proclaimed the shrine in Bistrica the Croatian National Pilgrimage Centre.

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    Wall of hope

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    The wall is paved whit white marble blocks and prayers are engraved on each one.
    There is a large cross in front of the wall.

    On the bottom of the central block is written: Let the walls pray with us and for us

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    Church on open

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    The first mass was held by pope John Paul when he visited Marija Bistrica. Few thousand people can sit on the benches and listen to the sunday mass which is often held on open, especially when pilgrimages are held.

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    Via crucis

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Pilgrimage in Marija Bistrica became a richer experience in the 20th century with the construction of the monumental "Kalvarije". By visiting these stations of the cross, pilgrims have received an adequate place to reflect and pray.
    The start of construction of the "Kalvarije" was during World War II. This project, as envisioned by the archbishop dr. Alojzije Stepinac, is undoubtedly one of the most significant projects of the time.

    The restoration activities were led by the Bistrica parish priest, with the enthusiastic support of the Zagreb archbishop"s offices. A separate institution called "Naša draga svetišta" (Our dear holy sites) was established to help with the construction of the Kalvarije, which was too large a project for the local priest alone. This institution was established by the archbishop Stepinac with the explicit task of making holy sites throughout Croatia look their best, especially Marija Bistrica since ". of all Marian pilgrimage sites, Croatian faithful adore it most". By collecting donations the institution accumulated resources, while the design of the Kalvarije and the work on the Stations of the Cross were left to a separate Arts committee for equipping the holy site. The committee was made up of a representatives of the church, headed by msgr. Pavle Jesih, and esteemed experts: the skuptor Ivan Kerdić, the painter Krste Hegedušić, the head of the Conservation Institute dr. Ivan Bach, the architect Aleksandar Freudenreich and others.

    A significant common element of the sculptures of the Kalvarije and the fountain in this the second phase of construction is the fact that all carry the author"s signature. As a whole, the monumental sculptural complex Kalvarije is a work of collective authors which has no comparison in Croatia. The authors are group amongst whom some names are part of the anthology of modern Croatian sculpture: Ante Orlić, Marija Ujević, Stanko Jančić, Krunoslav Bošnjak, Ante Starčević and Josip Poljan.

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    Statue of Alojzije Stepinac

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Blessed Alojzije (Aloysius) Viktor Cardinal Stepinac (May 8, 1898 – February 10, 1960) was a Croatian Catholic Prelate. He was Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 to 1960. In 1946, in a judgment that polarised opinion both in Yugoslavia and beyond, a Belgrade court found him guilty of collaborating with the Ustaše and complicity in allowing the forced conversion of Orthodox Serbs to catholicism. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison, but after five years was released and confined to his home parish of Krašić. He was appointed a Cardinal in 1952. In 1998 Pope John Paul II declared him a martyr and beatified him. These steps again polarised public opinion.

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    Basilica Holy Virgin Mary

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    The miraculous statue of Mother Mary was found in 1684, and until then had been hidden in the wall of the parish church. For this statue, a special altar was created by the evangelists.
    The lower portion of the statue is nobly carved, obviously according to some old model from the so-called gothic artistic period. The Bistrica statue looks very similar to the statue of Madonna at the south entrance of St. Mark's Church in Zagreb. The waist of both statues is slightly bent towards the left, and the upper and lower garments of Mother Mary is perfectly styled on both statues the same way. The edges nobly cover the legs. The shape of the dress and shoes suggest nobility of that time. Both statues follow the composition of Madonnas with baby Jesus, as was the church tradition in the middle ages. It is particularly interesting how the Bistrica Mother Mary stands upon the moon's head, as on a pedastal - a symbol of immaculate conception, belief in which at that time was more and more conscious and enlightened.

    The church interior was destroyed in the fire of August 15 and 16 1880. Three altars were completely destroyed, the rest were damaged by the fire, the windows shattered, the pulpit disappeared and the keys on the organ melted. Only the altar with the miraculous statue of Mary was undamaged which parishioners took to be a miracle of God.

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    The statue of pope John Paul II

    by croisbeauty Updated May 22, 2005

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    The shrine's most festive day was 3rd October 1998, when pope John Paul II visited Marija Bistrica in order to beatify the late arscbishop Alojzije Stepinac. This is the statue honouring the Pope's visit. The Pope love Croats and the Croats love Him.

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    Statue the Mother of God

    by croisbeauty Updated May 22, 2005

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    The votive statue the Mother of God of Bistrica dates from the end of the 15th century and belongs to the series of black Madonnas, althought as it was discovered during the restoration its dark colour is not original. The late Gothic wooden statue of the Bistrica Mother of God is the work of an annonymous master.

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    Svetilište

    by croisbeauty Updated May 22, 2005

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    During the time of building, and on the eve of holiday of the Assumption, a fire broke out that destroyed the whole of the interior of the church, all except the great altar and the miraculous statue of the Mother of God.

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    Svetilište - the Shrine

    by croisbeauty Updated May 22, 2005

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    The people of Croatia have long been especially devoted to the sacred figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her loving name - the Queen of Croats.
    The largest shrine in Croatia devoted to the Blesed Virgin is Marija Bistrica, a small town set among to the rolling hills of the Zagorje region, not far from Zagreb.

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    The altar

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    In 1731the church was expanded and consecrated to Our Lady of the Snows.
    When visiting this shrine you absolutely must atend to a holy mass, it is beautiful to hear people singing the holy songs and in particularly the song in honour of Blessed Virgin Mary called "The Queen of Croats".

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    Inside of the church

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    In 1710, the Croatian National Parliament vowed to raise a proper altar in a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary, making its vow good in 1715, having a great altar built in the church of Bistrica.

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    A chapel

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Small chapel a bit away from the center. There can often be found candles, pobably lit by some poor soul praying for something or someone....

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    Statue of Holy Virgin Mary

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Beautiful statue of Holy Virgin Mary. People all over the world come here and light a candle under her legs and pray....

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