When strolling through the old town core, it is impossible to overlook the 'reddish' Franciscan church with its monastery, which proudly stands next to important streets in the centre of town, namely the streets Partizanska cesta and Svetozarevska ulica.
Do you know the legend of the Franciscan Monks?
“Long, long ago some farmers gave the Franciscan monks the gift of a cow. But the monks did not have a rope to put around the cow’s neck, which of course caused them a lot of trouble. Since then they always wear a rope around their waits”.
A BIT MORE ABOUT THE CHURCH
The two towered, three nave basilica dedicated to St Mary Mother of Mercy was built at the turn of the 19th and 20th century according to a plan designed by the Viennese architect Richard Jordan. It was constructed on the spot of the former Capuchin monastery and the Church of the Mother of Mercy, which from 1786 was the seat of the Slovene suburban parish. Before the church was built a two-floored monastery was constructed in the style of an old Roman basilica, which joins the church on its southern section. The bricks for the construction of the building were carried by women from Melje, for which the received two indulgences.
The majority of paintings inside the church were painted by the Hungarian artist Ferenz Pruszinskay, the Way of the Cross was carved by Miloš Hohnjec from Celje; the organ was made by the Mariborian master Jožef Brandl. On the main altar is the pilgrimage statue of Mary dating from the 18th century. In the presbytery there are frescoes and stained glass windows that are the work of the artist Stane Kregar.
Working time: Holy mass: Monday-Saturday: 6.30 am, 8 am, 9 am, 7pm, (winter: 6 pm), Sunday: 7 am, 8.30 am, 10 am, 11.30 am, 7 pm, 8 pm
Župnija Maribor - Sv. Marija (Maribor Parish - St. Mary)
Ulica Vita Kraigherja 2
Tel. : ++386 2 228 51 10
Fax : ++386 2 228 51 12
Web site : www.bazilika.info
Access for invalids
GPS Northing (N) : 46,5599
GPS Easting (E) : 15,6502