Churches of Zaprešić region
Palaces are not the only tourist trump card of the region. There are many other cultural and historic monuments worth seeing. In the town of Zaprešić you’ll find Monument dedicated to the memory of the killed in Homeland War, the work of academic sculptor Drago Grgas, and a monument dedicated to Ante Kovačić distinguished Croatian writer by Jure Žaja, and the park sculptures of Lopatić, Vončina and Grgas. August Šenoa Monument can be seen in Jablanovac, while the famous Petrified Wedding Party is situated on the western slopes of the Medvednica, just above Jablanovac. A marked hiking trail will lead you there and to the climbers’ lodge bearing the same name.
In Brdovec, three kilometres northwest of Zaprešić there is a parish church of St Vitus and a steeple with embrasures. The County Museum, established in Brdovec in 1973, displays historic and ethnographic collections.
In the baroque parish church of St George in Donja Pušća, seven kilometres north of Zaprešić, three Classicist style altars have been preserved, along with the pulpit, and pews, and two chalices from the 18th century. In the chapel of Our Lady of Čislavsko you can see the central baroque altar from 1722, two rococo style altars, pulpit featuring paintings of the evangelists, paintings showing the Way of the Cross. Along the main road there is a baroque stone statue of St Florian from 1778.
In Mariji gorici nine kilometres from Zaprešić you’ll find the parish church of St Mary of the Visitation that was built in mid 18th century. This Baroque church has a square shaped shrine, with adjacent sacristy, and a steeple next to the main façade. Inside the church there is a wooden Gothic statue of Madonna from the first half of the 15th century, a tombstone with relief of the Ogulin captain M. Mogorić from 1679, a Baroque central altar made of stone, and wooden altars, confessionals, pulpit (from 1762), organ (from 1759). Not far from the church is a parish kurija , and a monument dedicated to a distinguished Croatian writer A. Kovačić, the work of V. Radauš.
Dubravica municipality is a part of St. Ana parish from Rozga. Some very old maps show the parish of ROZGA (ROZGVA) as early as in the 13th century. Every year on 26th July and on the first Sunday following this date, there is a traditional church feast. As part of this feast a big village party is organised and an ox is roasted and offered to the guests along with some other specialities. The parish church was built in 1842, while the Rozga graveyard chapel originates from 1609 when it was referred to as the chapel of Our Lady of Lušak. The old RECTORY is situated within the church court and is a zero cathegory monument. The rectory is over 300 years old, it is made of wood and is a unique piece of architecture in this region.
Dubravica is a home town of the prominent Croatian poet, patriot, reformer, priest and one of the founders of Matica Hrvatska (Central Croatian Cultural and Publishing Society – 1847) PAVAO STOSS. His most famous allegorical poem was written in 1831 and is retained as one of the highlights of the Croatian poetry. He became the parish priest of Pokupsko in 1842 where he remained until his death in 1862. His ashes were additionally buried in the arcade of Croatian Defenders on Mirogoj, cementary of Zagreb.
The name Dubravica comes from the name of a forest Dubrava that used to cover this region in the past. Even today you’ll find many forests in Dubravica including oak and beech woods with clean springs and streams. The landscape of Dubravica is marked with old houses, painted in blue and unique for Zagorje region while in each vineyard you’ll find traditional vineyard huts. Agricultural estates have started to develop in recent times and one of these is the family Horvat estate of Rozganski Bobovac producers of high quality wines Pinot and Chardonnay. The family received many awards for their wines. Another place you need to see in Bobovac is a private fishpond with pleasant surroundings and good fishing spots.
The parish of Bistra was first mentioned in 1209, in a document issued by King Andrija, also mentioning the church of St Nicholas in Poljanica. The present day church was built in 1631, and renewed in 1925. Bistra is situated between the Medvednica and the river Krapina nestling in the region of numerous forests, hills and plough fields. A French Count Carion used to live in Bistra in the Counts Oršić Mansion when he searched for silver in the lead-sulphide mines on the northern slopes of Medvednica. Today these mines are referred to as the ‘French mines’. From the commuter bus line terminal to the ranger’s cottage of Oštrica and the mines leads a well marked hiking trail so far as to the bottom of the ski run terminal and three-seater ski lift.
LUKA Municipality is marked with typical Zagorje hills, streams, swamps and groves. This is a very good excursion destination, the place where you’ll enjoy hiking and fishing. Popular destination is “Dva potoka” (Two streams), B. Masnjaka street no. 122, phone: ++ 385 1 33 93 484, which offers the services of rural tourism.