Holy Mass served by p. Josip Rožmarić, SJ, with rev. Oleh Hirnyk, Greek-Catholic priest from Ukraine
Majka Božja Sljemenska Kraljice Hrvata. Mother Mary of Sljeme of the Queen of Croatians.
It was built in 1932 according to the project Juraj Denzler, Croatian architect.
The chapel, built in 1932 on the top of mount Medvednica near Zagreb, has been decorated by top Croatian artists:
Vanja Radauš, Radoje Hudoklin, Josip Turkalj
, Gabriel Stupica and Marta Plazzeriano.
The Holy Mass in 2013, celebrating 80 years of existence of the chapel, has been served in the open.
The Holy Mass has been served by Cardinal Josip Bozanić, the Zagreb Archbishop
In 2013 the Chapel of Mother Mary of Sljeme near Zagreb, also known as the Queen of Croatia, solemnly celebrated 80 years since it has been built. The Holy Mass was served in September 2013 by cardinal Josip Bozanić, the Zagreb Archbishop. In October 2013 an interesting mass has been served by F. Josip Rožmarić, SJ, and by Rev. Oleh Hirnyk, Greek-Catholic priest from the city of L'viv, Ukraine.
F. Josip Rožmarić, SJ, representative of the Western Christianity,
with his guest Rev. Oleh Hirnyk, Greek Catholic priest from Ukraine, representing Eastern Christianity.
Rev. Oleh Hirnyk
, Greek Catholic priest from L'viv, serving in a Roman Catholic church near Croatia's capital Zagreb
The ceiling of the chapel is decorated with Coats of Arms of various Croatian regions, cities and towns
F. Josip Rožmarić and Rev. Oleh Hirnyk
1001 meters above sea level, hidden in the shadow of the trees, there is a graceful stone chapel bearing the name of Kapelica Majke Božje Sljemenske, Kraljice Hrvata (Our Lady of Sljeme, the Queen of the Croats). In the "attire" made of indigenous Medvednica stones and wood, the chapel completely fits in with the surrounding nature.
It was built in 1932, at the time of celebrating one thousand years of the Kingdom of Croatia and 1300 years of Croats embracing the Catholic faith. This is why this little masterpiece by Juraj Denzlera, the architect, mirrors the entire Croatian art, culture and history. The blueprint of the chapel itself reminds of the first small Dalmatian old-Croatian churches, and its interior is meticulously decorated with many ancient Croatian motifs. They inspired great artists like Vanja Radauš, Radoje Hudoklin, Josip Turkalj, Gabriel Stupica and Marta Plazzeriano, whose valuable works of art can be seen in the small chapel.
Materials were also carefully chosen: ceiling was made of Slavonian oak wood, the altar was made of white Brač stone, pipkins were made of clay from Petrova gora. Even the silk mass vestments incorporated national motifs from Croatian history. It may surprise you when, near the chapel, you come across a parish house where you are welcomed by a nice parish priest. Although it has no regular parishioners, the chapel was declared a parish church of the Tourist Parish of Our Lady of Sljeme, the Queen of the Croats in 1963, which made it the highest altitude parish church in Croatia.
It is regularly visited by numerous believers from Zagreb and the surroundings, who enjoy its special setting. Every year in July there is a traditional pilgrimage, and in December the famous "midnight pilgrimage" when parishioners from parishes below Sljeme illuminate their way to the chapel carrying lighted lanterns and torches.
Details from Croatian history exhibited on the walls of the chapel.
Sljemenska Kapelica Majke Božje Sljemenske (Kraljice Hrvata) je izgrađena 1932. godine prema projektu arhitekta Jurja Denzlera, a oslanja se na građevinske oblike crkvene umjetnosti iz doba prvih hrvatskih vladara, na kakve još danas nailazimo u Dalmaciji. Građena je od sljemenskog zelenog kamena i skladno je uklopljena u ambijent šume.
Crkva je zamišljena kao spomenik 1000 godišnjice hrvatskog kraljevstva i 1300 godišnjice pokrštenja Hrvata, na što podsjećaju detalji unutrašnjosti prožeti motivima iz domaće umjetnosti i povijesti. Zbog izrazitih kulturno-povijesnih, arhitektonskih i ambijentalnih vrijednosti službeno ja zaštićena kao kulturno dobro (Z-2392). U kapelici se vikendom redovito održavaju mise, a najpoznatija je "polnoćka" koju pohodi veliki broj planinara.
Queen of Croatians Chapel on the mount of Medvednica near Zagreb
Formated for CROWN by Darko Žubrinić
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