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The view at the Saint Phillip and Jacob church and gymnasioum on the hill in the city of Vukovar, Croatia.
The faith lies deep within the very essence of a Croat. It is his purpose, refuge, strength, his stronghold and hope. It is everything to him.

It has always been that way, so Vukovar makes no exception. Ever since they came to the area, the Franciscans remained a constant, those who had always been there for the people, never letting them down.

They were the strength and consolation in the hard times and a dear friend in the good times, a friend people always shared their joy and success with.

The witness of the bond and the proof of the dedication and spirituality is the rich religious heritage of the town of Vukovar, which constantly grows and is enriched by new elements.

The recently opened Franciscan Museum Vukovar is especially attractive and impressive. It stands witness to the Vukovarís rich cultural heritage, reminding the visitors of the centuries-long Franciscan engagement in Vukovar, encompassing not only religious matters, but also science, culture and history. In addition, the museum will not allow numerous people who had been preserving and renewing Vukovarís cultural heritage to be forgotten. This includes friar Marko Kurolt who should be given credit for taking a great number of artistic works, especially books, away from Vukovar and storing them at Franciscan monastery in Zemun in December 1991, from where the heritage was returned to Vukovar in 2001 and made available to the visitors of the museum after the restoration.

After the renewal of the Franciscan complex featuring the museum with several floors, the visitors can now visit the treasury of valuable artistic heritage, the old mastersí picture gallery and the library of rare books. They can also visit the church, the crypt, the bell tower and the cloister, the new library and the reading room, as well as other attractions such as the wine cellar and the gift shop, including the open area with the St Boniface pastoral centre and a belvedere overlooking the Danube.

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  • Copyright: Nikola Nadas (NickVu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 223] (209)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2020-04-25
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2020-09-26 2:11
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