Marija Bistrica

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The red-covered village of Marija Bistrica on the slopes of Medvednica Mountain in Krapina-Zagorje County is the largest and most important place of pilgrimage in Croatia. that the statue has miraculous powers because it was not destroyed during the later attacks of the Turks.

Although the original parish church dates from 1334, it was rebuilt between 1879 and 1882. The Viennese architect grafted the Neo-Renaissance style onto the old foundations, designed new arcades and enlarged the parish court. Religious paintings and sculptures were also added. During the restoration, another miracle occurred when a fire destroyed the entire interior of the church, except the altar and the miraculous statue of the Madonna.

The sanctuary in this picturesque village attracts up to 800,000 visitors a year, many of whom place the "Way of the Cross" behind the church. This arrangement of 14 cross stations is decorated with sculptures by Croatian artists and leads to the hill of Calvary.

Even with all the attention it receives, the greatest celebration of the shrine took place in 1998 when Pope John Paul II visited the Blessed Croatian Archbishop Stepinac.

The visit to Marija Bistrica is also interesting for the presentation of traditional Croatian crafts. In an effort to encourage tourists to stay after visiting the shrine, the tourist office funded the development of crafts such as wooden toys, pottery, gingerbread and candles. It's a great place to pick up traditional Croatian souvenirs!

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Wendy
The town is a religious town and I loved how diversified they are. I got to visit the churches and shrines and i loved every bit of it. Its a very divine town.
Ursula
This town has a lot to offer. The winetasting experience was very exciting.The food here was tantalizing. My friends and I enjoyed it to the fullest.
Henry
There are lots of nice places to visit in this town. My family and I loved visiting the monuments and admiring the statues. It was a nice trip.
Christiane
The town is just paradisical. Its lush nature parks were spectacular. We spent an entire afternoon exploring nature and it was breathtaking. We got to see varieties of wild fruits. I highly recommend it.
Jeanne
I loved the weather there. It was perfect to play the outdoor games at the sports complexes. The kids really enjoyed our trip here.
Oscar
I had a wonderful time in Marija Bistrica. I especially loved taking strolls in the beautiful streets admiring the iconic monuments and legendary statues. This town is just phenomenal.
Mateo
very good!!!