Address: Zaplaz 8212 Velika Loka
Phone: ++386 7 348 90 14, ++386 31 326 403
The Holy Mother of God Pilgrimage Church on the hill of Zaplaz at the village of Čatež is a central pilgrimage point in the Diocese of Novo Mesto. Because of its prominent position on top of the hill of Zaplaz, it is an important gathering place for many pilgrims and hikers. Built around 1926, it differs from other churches because of its two Secessionstyle towers that rise majestically and are its most recognizable parts.
There is a Grozde Chapel in the church, where relics of the martyr Alojzij Grozde are kept and next to it a mosaic depicting the beatified Grozde, sitting triumphantly on a throne next to Jesus in Heaven.
Close by the church is the Marijin studenec (St. Mary’s spring), also called the “blessing” spring, attributed by many to have healing powers, especially for eye disease. Bellow the hill of Zaplaz lies the village of Čatež, the endpoint of the writer Fran Levstik’s journey from Litija to Čatež.
Compiled and edited by Alja Rabzelj.
Translated by Barbara Markelc.
Župnijski urad Čatež - Zaplaz
Tel. : ++386 7 348 90 14
Tel. 2 : ++386 31 326 403
Free of charge
Access for invalids
GPS Northing (N) : 45,973
GPS Easting (E) : 14,9581