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About Basilica Maria Radna

In 1642 Pater Andrija Stipancic, an observant franciscan monk from the “Bosna Argentina” province and priest at Radna, succeeds, after a long pilgrimage on foot made to Istambul and back, to obtain an Embre from the sultan for the renovation of his chapel. During the ottoman occupation, christians were not allowed to raise or repair churches, unless they had a permission, very hard to obtain, from the sultan.

In 1668, the old Georg Vriconosa donates to the franciscan brothers's chapel of Radna an icon printed on paper in the workshop of the master typographer Remondini of Bassano del Grappam, in Italy. This miraculous icon is venerated to this day.

During the siege of the medieval stronghold of Lipova from 1695, the ottoman soldiers set the Franciscans's chapel on fire, located on the hill on the other side of the river Mures, in Radna. Miraculously, the paper printed icon did not burn. It was later found by the faithful through the chard remains.

On July 7th, 1756, during Pentecost, takes place the laying of the foundation stone of a new church at Radna, for the old church was already too small. The celebration is run by the high prelate of the  Cathedral of Cenad, located at Timisoara, Clemens Rossi. The new church endures to this day.

On June 9th, 1767, during Pentecost, the Bishop Franz Anton Leopold von Engl zu Wagrain,  solemnly and personally moves the miraculous icon from the old chapel to the newly built church, which he had blessed a day earlier.

In 1820 the final touches are made to the Basilica. In 1911 the two towers of the church of Maria Radna are each heightened  with 30 meters, therefore reaching the total height of 67 meters.

In 1935 it registered the largest number of pilgrims in the history of Radna, over 73,000 believers.

The Holy Father Pope John Paul the Second, in 1992 offers the pilgrimage church of Maria Radna the title of Basilica Minor.

Contact and information:

Address: Lipova, Arad, Romania

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 - 18:30

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