Croatia’s largest pilgrimage centre is in Zagorje at Marija Bistrica, a village 37km north of Zagreb on the slopes of Mt Medvednica. What steals the show here is the Marija Bistrica Church, which contains a wooden Gothic statue of the Black Madonna created in the 15th century. The statue’s alleged miraculous power dates back to the 16th-century Turkish invasions, when it was saved from destruction. It was further...
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