Church of Our Lady of Trsat

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

This church is a centuries-old magnet for believers. According to legend, the angels carrying the house of the Virgin Mary from Nazareth rested here in the late 13th century before moving it to Loreto in Italy. Pilgrims started trickling into the chapel erected on the site, and then pouring in when the pope donated an icon of Mary in 1367. The famous painting is on the main altar behind a magnificent wrought-iron gate. Check out the offerings of votive gifts across the baroque cloister and make an appointment to see the valuable sacral-art collection in the treasury, where you can view a 15-minute film about the church. To follow in the pilgrims’ steps, climb the Petar Kružić Stairway from Titov trg, built in 1531 for the faithful on their way to Our Lady of Trsat. The steep stairs are lined with chapels dedicated to saints, once used as rest stops for the pilgrims. For an easier way up, take a quick ride on city bus 2 to Trsat Castle.