Marija Bistrica – sacred Christian place – 36 km from Zagreb

Marija Bistrica is a sacred Christian place, dedicated to honouring Virgin Mary.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are visiting this place every year; they all come to bow to the miraculous statue of the God’s Mother – Virgin Mary.

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In the church of the Virgin Mary, in a beautiful peaceful town Marija Bistrica is a house to one of the significant Christian relics – the miraculous ancient Black Madonna – a sculpture of The Blessed Lady with her baby on the hands, created in the XV century. The sculpture is positioned right in the middle of the main altar.

According to the legend, a local priest, fearing the Turkish invasion in 1650, hid and bricked up this sculpture; he died before he could tell anyone about the relic’s hiding place.

Years have come by before the stash was discovered: people have noticed the light, which the statue was emitting.

Following this, in 1880, Madonna miraculously stayed safe in a fire, which destroyed almost everything else in the church.

Ever since then, numerous believers are honouring the statue of the Virgin Mary of Marija Bistrica, as a relic with miraculous and healing power.

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Pilgrims Hodocarska church of Marija Bistrica is standing tall on the hill in the middle of the town.

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A spacious amphitheatre under an open sky was built in October of 1998, behind the church.

Behind the amphitheatre, believers may take a path up the Golgotha mountain, passing by the sculptures of the “Exaltation of the cross”. The ones who will go all the way up, will be rewarded with a breath-taking view onto the whole town.

The town of Marija Bistrica is first mentioned in the historic documents in 1209 AC.

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Today, the population of the town is 1107 people.

Hotel Kaj 4* in Marija Bistrica

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Medvednica natural park: 17,7 km from the hotel
International airport of Zagreb: 28,7 km
Varazdin city: 57 km
Zagreb city 40 km

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