Visit to the garden of the Croatian national flower and baroque churches
Destinations: DONJA STUBICA - GORNJA STUBICA - MARIJA BISTRICA – BELEC
- DONJA STUBICA – Iris Garden
Did you know that flower Iris is the Croatian national flower? Did you know Donja Stubica has the most beautiful Iris garden in this area? If you visit the Zagorje region in April and May, you have to go to Donja Stubica to see the Croatian Iris garden.
- GORNJA STUBICA – Village of one linden tree
Some may say it’s a funny name! However, a very special linden tree marks the village. Near that hundred-years-old linden tree, in 1573, started the biggest peasants’ rebellion in Croatia. On the opposite hill from the one with the famous linden tree, there is still the castle (museum today) - the symbol of power, tyranny and oppression.
- BELEC - Church of St Mary of the Snow
Belec is one of the smallest villages in Zagorje. Its population is cca 350 people. The village lies on the slope of Ivancica, the highest mountain in Zagorje region (30km long, 1061m high). Since 1099 A.D. to 1312 A.D. the knights Templars had their land and towers at Ivancica. The church of St Mary of the Snow is the smallest and the most beautiful baroque church in the area.
- MARIJA BISTRICA - Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The pseudo-Gothic and Baroque style is the most recognizable style of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the attached Carmelite Convent in Marija Bistrica. The last touch to its style was given by Hermann Bolle (architect of the Zagreb cathedral and Mirogoj) in Neo- Renaissance style. The shrine of the Black Madonna is a famous place to pilgrims. The most famous and the dearest symbol to the people here is the Licitar Heart from Zagorje, which become one of the recognized symbols of Croatia.