|In 2013 the Chapel of Mother Mary of Sljeme near Zagreb, also known as the Queen of Croatians, 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 Lviv, Ukraine; see the photo.|
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.
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.
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.
Formated for CROWN by Darko Žubrinić
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