duration: 4 - 5 h location: Vodnjan

Traditional pilgrimage to church of the Madonna Traversa

The locals vowed to the Mother of God that they will make a pilgrimage every year on Easter Monday, as a sign of gratitude that the city was spared  infectious diseases and plague epidemic.

traditionally on Easter Monday in the church of Madonna Traversa a Holy Mass is held in Croatian and Italian at 17:00.

Church of Madonna Traverse is located at the outskirts of the town and is about 10-minute walk from the parish church of St. Blaise in Vodnjan. Before making a pilgrimage to the church of Madonna of Traverse you can pray to the saints in the parish church of St. Blaise , who are exhibited in the parish church and visit the richest collection of sacred art in Istria.

Church of St. Madone Traversa is also known for a legend that tells that this was a resting place for a Nazareth house on its way from Trsat to Loreto.

Day Trip

The richest collection of religious art in Istria is located in the parish church of St. Blaise in Vodnjan. The collection includes 730 works and objects, covering the period from the 5th to the 19th century. The wood statue of Madonna and Child from the 15th century that was found in the church of Madonna Traverse is now a part of the Collection of Sacred Art.

In the parish church there is a crypt with the miraculously preserved Body of Saints – St. Leon Bembo (+1188), St. John Olinija (+1300) and St. Nicolosa Bursa (+1512).

Today, pilgrims from all over the world are praying to the saints, which are a unique example of the preserved bodies.

St. Nicolosa of Bursa made a vow in the service of God’s ministry at the Benedictine monastery of St. Servolo in Venice. She subordinated her life to God and her feast day is celebrated on 23.04.

Various manuscripts record a number of signed testimonies of graces and healings, through the intercession of St. Nicolosa 

Each year, many believers visit Vodnjan praying for the intercession of St. Nikolosa. Her body has been exhibited In Vodnjan, with wonderfully preserved internal organs.

Pilgrimage and Holly Mass in Croatian and Italian is held on Easter Monday at 17:00.

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