Kvarner newsletter / no 6

A favourite place for numerous tourists

As a famous Marian sanctuary, Trsat is the destination of many pilgrims from all over the world, but also a very attractive venue for many cultural events.

In addition to being well known for numerous pilgrimages and religious feasts (this year's feast of Our Lady of Trsat on the 10th of May will attract several dozen pilgrims from all over the world), Trsat is the favourite destination of many tourists. Located above the town of Rijeka, at a spot reached up an ancient flight of steps and offering magnificent views of the Kvarner Gulf, Trsat is well worth visiting indeed. Do not miss its Church of Our Lady of Trsat and the Franciscan monastery with its beautiful altars, paintings and the collection of votive gifts. According to legend, Trsat is where the House of the Virgin Mary miraculously came from Nazareth in 1291 and stayed for three years, before being transported – again by miracle – to the Italian town of Loreto in 1294, where it is still located to this day. On the spot of the present church there was a chapel for a long period of time, after which the Church of Our Lady of Trsat and the Franciscan monastery were constructed. Trsat is the oldest Marian shrine in Croatia, and is visited by pilgrims from all over the world.

In the sanctuary there is also a statue of Pope John Paul II in memory of his visit to Rijeka. After renovation of the old Trsat Castle was completed, it started being used to host various cultural events, such as the Trsat Cultural Summer, Rijeka Summer Nights, etc. In the castle there is also a Bazilisk souvenir shop, Cafe Gradina and a Tourist Information Centre.

Trsat will host the finals of the second gastronomy competition “A firework of tastes” on the 12th and 13th of May. The competition will take place on the Trg Riječke rezolucije Square in Rijeka and will be contested by cooks from the best restaurants in the County of Primorje-Gorski kotar. The event will include a presentation of dishes and a fashion show for the catering industry.

Besides the ancient steps mentioned above, Trsat can also be reached by the tourist bus that operates between Opatija, the centre of Rijeka and Trsat, or of course by the regular bus service.