ZAGREB, 13 Jan (Hina) – The Church of St Mary Magdalene in the central Croatian town of Čazma has become the first Croatian site included in the prestigious Transromanica European cultural route, which passes through 10 European countries and serves to preserve historical heritage, but also offers great potential in cultural tourism.
Transromanica is one of the most important cultural routes of the Council of Europe. The accession agreement was signed on Wednesday by Annemarie Schmidt from the management of Transromanica and the director of the Čazma Cultural Centre, Maja Cepetić Rogić, in the presence of the Mayor Dinko Pirak, Tatjana Horvatić from the Ministry of Culture and Vladimir P. Goss from the Polytechnic in Rijeka.
Annemarie Schmidt spoke about the route as a link to the common Romanesque heritage of ten European countries (Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia and Romania). The route is presented as a promoter of European Romanesque art and architecture and cultural tourism with the aim of supporting sustainable regional and economic development.
“The Church of St.Mary Magdalene in Čazma was built in the second quarter of the 13th century as a Dominican monastery church. With its unique floor plan and exceptionally rich and high-quality stone architectural decoration, it is one of the most significant monuments of the late Romanesque style on the territory of continental Croatia,” Cepetić Rogić said.
A commemorative postcard was created to mark this occasion with a drawing of the church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene in Čazma.