Wednesday, February 20, 2008

If only a church could tell stories

Legrad, Croatia's Holy Trinity Catholic church has seen many days in the lives of my ancestors. Marriages, baptisms, funerals, Masses... so very many since the day it was built around 1780.

If only its walls could speak.

Thankfully, the parish priests kept nice detailed records of the sacraments that occurred there. Thanks to those records I can get a glimpse into the lives of my family members.

Here is the church today - a beautiful sight in winter...

The Croatian National Tourist Board has this to say about the village of Legrad and its church:

Very attractive sights are the parish church and the park with columns - one of the most beautiful in northern Croatia.

The late Baroque one-nave parish church of the Holy Trinity with a harmoniously fitted belfry, rising from the main front, was built around 1780. The sanctuary features wall paintings (around 1793). The church has late Baroque-classicist altars, the pulpit (around 1798) and the "Holy Sepulchre". The park on the main square features a group of five columns from the 18th century with the central plague column of the Holy Trinity. Next to it is the column of St. Florian (1735).

What a beautiful place to sit and take a prayerful rest on a winter afternoon.

View earlier photographs of Legrad's Catholic church at two of my previous posts: Legrad's Catholic church and A happy day in 1905.

Images of Legrad taken in January 2008 and shared by a current resident. (Please contact the author for more information.)

Thanks to Donna's What's Past is Prologue post entitled If These Walls Could Speak: A German Häuserchronik which sparked the idea of a historic building sharing the stories of its lifetime.

1 comment:

  1. That is an absolutely beautiful place - how nice that your have roots there too!


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