Marija Bistrica Travel Guide

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Marija Bistrica Things to Do

  • Svetilište

    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

    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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  • A chapel

    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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  • Wall of hope

    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

    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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  • Statue of Holy Virgin Mary

    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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  • Via crucis

    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...

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  • St.Mary Well

    This is well with water from Bistrica springs.... Very cold and refreshing after a long pilgrimage....

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  • Arches around the church

    Wall is paved with white marble blocks and on each one is some prayer and mention to Holy Virgin Mary.

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  • Statue of Alojzije Stepinac

    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...

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  • Male sele Bistrica (Little village...

    This is a cute miniature village made of wood. Just go down the road from the main square and walk for about 200m, walk over the bridge and look right. There it is.

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  • Monument to people killed under Fascist...

    A beautiful yet sad monument to all people died under Fascist terror was founded on 4th of July 1965. All names are engraved on large black marble plate.Glory for the fallen!

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  • Statue of Martin Borković

    Martin Borković (1597-1687) was bishop in Zagreb. He founded the statue of Holy Mary of Bistrica in 1684. after which Marija Bistrica becomes pilgrim sanctum.

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  • Basilica Holy Virgin Mary

    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...

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  • Central square with the fountain

    This is the beautiful fountain in the central square. You can see many people sitting there, resting after a long and exhausting pilgrimage....

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  • Old wooden houses

    These charming wooden houses can be found all arond Marija Bistrica.... Just open your eyes and get prepared to take photos....

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  • Park skulptura (Sculpture park)

    A beautiful park with wooden sculptures, all made by local people.... Unbelievable experience and a great place to visit....

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  • Crosses in the woods

    As you walk down the path, on the left side you can not miss these crosses. Nobody could tell me who made them and who put them there.... Anyway, I think it's a nice idea....

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  • Surroundings of Marija Bistrica

    These are the morning photos of hills around Marija Bistrica, the view is fantastic.... Forests all around, birds sing, dogs bark, roosters calling the sun....

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  • The statue of pope John Paul II

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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Marija Bistrica Shopping

  • Wooden toys

    When I saw this wooden toys it brought me back in my childhood. I cannot tell how he loved this toys, wooden cars and in particularly this small guitars called "tamburica". BTW, tamburica is a leading instrument in Croatian folk music.There is big difference between toys made of plastic and those in wood, unfortunately modern kids cannot learn and...

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  • Licitarsko srce

    This, what you see on this picture, are the products of Medicar, fine home made cakes which you can eat or have as a souvenirs. "Licitarsko srce" (heart) is a part of a wax or gingerbread craft-making tradition, wax-artists (wax-chandlers) have been putting out beautiful examples of their craft since way back in the 14th century. That fleshy giver...

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Marija Bistrica Local Customs

  • Sajam - local fair

    Osim prigodnih suvenira s vjerskom tematikom, ovdje se nažalost nudi još i svakojako smeæe od plastike porijeklom s Dalekog istoka. "Trgovci" ubiru svoj danak bestidno nuðajuæi šarene laži za jednokratnu upotrebu znajuæi da dijete tome ne æe odoljeti.Eh, da mi je biti vlast samo za jedan dan.

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  • Medicar

    Medicar is the producer and the seller of honey and honey-cakes and biscuits. Some of them are producing and selling exceptional candles too.This little and cute shop is situated on the Main Square of the town, right opposite of the parish church.

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