As stories go, the story behind the Kamenita Vrata stone gate, located in Zagreb, Croatia is quite intriguing. This stone archway was one of four main gates leading into the walled Upper Town (Gornji Grad) during feudal times. In the year 1731 a major fire wiped out most of the town except for a sole picture of the Virgin Mary. It evidently remained untouched with only a slightly burnt frame. In 1760 when the town was rebuilt, the archway became a holy location for people who wanted to say prayers and light a candle or two in the presence of the Virgin.
To get to the Kamenita Vrata, you do have a bit of a climb to get there. But once there you will enjoy the atmosphere of the location while you admire the painting of the Virgin and Child in an alcove behind a baroque grid. Many take it as a miraculous sign that the painting/picture survived the great fire. You will find a few pews in the small chapel.
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