RIJEKA AND OPATIJA CHURCHES DEDICATED TO MARY
Assumption of Mary, Rijeka
This large church, Duomo, once the parish church, was constructed in the early Middle Ages on the remains of a Roman thermal bath. It was reconstructed and renovated many times, and contains many valuable items: such as the altar backdrop (in particular, Saint Phillip Neri and Saint Anthony the Abbot, 18th century); the marble altar; and Baroque stucco work on the ceiling of the sanctuary. The stone gravestones that remained under the current floor of the church were put up on the outer northern wall of the church and are a “historical testimony of the populace of Rijeka”. Next to the church is the bell tower (16th century), and due to an inclination of approximately forty centimetres, it is called the “Leaning Tower.” The special celebrations are held on Annunciation (25 March), on Palm Sunday (here called Olive Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, the procession leaves from the church and goes to the Saint Vitus Cathedral), on Saint Vitus (15 June, children are blessed and the procession goes towards the Cathedral) and on the Feast of the Assumption (mass served on the evening of 14 August).
Tel: 051/ 214 177, 335 882
Mary, Help of Christians, Rijeka
This Silesian parish church stands out for its position and size. This triple nave construction (1934) is the central church dedicated to Mary, Help of Christians in Istria and the Croatian coastal region. The carefully landscaped surroundings and wide staircase leading to the entrance impress all visitors. Also in the complex is the very esteemed Silesian secondary school. The holy day of Mary, Help of Christians (24 May) is the most celebrated day in this church.
Tel: 051/ 211 289, 335 882
The Assumption if the Blessed Virgin Mary, Opatija
This church in Opatija (1913/1914) is a triple nave structure in the upper part of town; it was constructed of Kastav stone. The interior is dominated by granite and brick. Over the altar is a ciborium, similar to the one in the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, with a large cupola arising. A monastery that was taken over by the Jesuits in 1960 was built next to the church, which still has not been completed. At the bottom of the church is the Lourdes cave (1942); next to it is the altar dedicated to the Mother of God of Trsat, erected at a time when it was difficult to reach Trsat due to political reasons. The most celebrated feast days are the Feasts of the Assumption (25 March) and Our Lady of Lourdes (11 February).
Tel: 051/ 712 830, 271 310
Of particular note:
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Veli
The most celebrated feast day is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December) and the votive Feast of Saint Cosmas and Damian (26 September).
Tel: 051/279 121
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Donja Drenova
The holy mass is celebrated on Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16 July)
Tel: 051/254 266