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Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata), Zagreb

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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In 1731, a disastrous fire burned down all the wooden parts of Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata), except the one item that was later found in the ashes: a painting of the Virgin and Child. Since then, this 13th-century gate has been a famous pilgrimage site. In the passageway you'll see a chapel dedicated to the Mother of God with her statuette, and plaques that the locals leave to convey gratitude to loved ones. They consider this place one of the symbols of the city. You may light a candle if you wish. Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Zagreb Edition.
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  • The Stone Gate is lovely to visit. There is a "shrine" to the Virgin Mary as it is the only thing that survived after a devastating fire. Lots of people go here for prayers and lighting of candles. A ...  read more »
  • I went to explore the old town of Zagreb. And rather than building staff. Chapel which houses the portrait of the Virgin Mary, so be praying very hard to if I right there were some applicants. Had the atmosphere of a very sacred place.
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  • An impressive remain of the medieval walled town,going uphill just before the Croatian Parlament house,Few steps further the first and oldest Pharmacy in Zagreb,developed by the Grand-Grand Son of Dan...  read more »
  • SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE STONE GATE Zagreb-Croatia Stone Gate – Symbol of the Upper Town The story of the old part of Zagreb, the so-called Upper Town, begins at the Stone Gate, one of the most recognizable symbols of Zagreb. The Stone Gate is also the ideal place to start a walking tour of the Old Town, and is an excellent photo opportunity which has been captured by the cameras of many tourists who have passed through it and were smitten by the beauty of the site. The Stone Gate is part of the remains of the city walls that once stood around the old town. Although it was first mentioned in 1429, it is assumed to have been built in 1266. Throughout the city's long history it has undergone many reconstructions and was devastated by fire more than once. The last such fire destroyed much of Gradec on 31 May 1731, burning down houses that were close to the Stone Gate. The Gate displayed a painting of the Mother of God, which was miraculously undamaged by the fire. To commemorate the event, grateful citizens built a chapel within the arch of the old Stone Gate. The chapel, which still houses the painting of the Mother of God, has since become Zagreb's biggest shrine and is regularly visited by people who come to light a candle and thank the Lady for protecting them. The 57 by 47 cm painting on canvass depicts Our Lady with a gold crown, which was added to it on 31 May 1931, on the 200th anniversary of its miraculous salvation from the fire. On 31 May 1991, the 260th anniversary of the shrine, the archbishop of Zagreb, Franjo Kuharić, declared the Mother of God of the Stone Gate the patron saint of Zagreb, and the date is now officially celebrated as the Day of the City.
  • In Croatian 'Kamenita vrata'. You can light a candle or place a vow and, as the locals believe, your wish will be granted. This is old town gate.
  • Holy shrine dedicated to the blessed virgin. Her painting was "miraculously" spared in a great fire and is now on display. It is the only remaining old town gate in Zagreb. Look out for Dora Krupic on the left as you exit towards St Marks Square.
  • Famous spot for religious people
  • A short walk up the hill from Ban Jelecic Square, a place to spend a few minutes to reflect, buy a candle in the piety shop there and say a pray.
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