Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Museum [Life of a Martyr]Vladimir Mitic2018-11-28T22:03:41+01:00
Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Museum – Life of a Martyr
Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Museum holds a collection from the life of martyr Alojzije Stepinac. It showcases numerous documents, photos and artefacts which follow the Cardinal’s life, from baptism to death.
TIP: ALOJZIJE STEPINAC WAS DECLARED A MARTYR AND BEATIFIED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II. HAVE A LOOK AT THE STONES FROM THE ZAPREŠIĆ ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT.
Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Museum is located in the Nebojan Tower, which served as a home to the Blessed Stepinac. It is next to the Zagreb Cathedral and easily accessible to visitors.
Alojzije Stepinac was a Croatian Archbishop convicted of treason by Yugoslav Government. Due to his collaboration with the Ustaše regime.
During WW2 Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac was saving Jews in Croatia. Not only did he objected to the persecution of Jews by criticising Ustaše atrocities in front of Zagreb Cathedral. But also he helped Jews and others to escape the Nazis.
Then again, Stepinac never broke his ties with the Ustaše regime and continued to attend their public gatherings.
Afterwards, he was declared a martyr and beatified by Pope John Paul II in Marija Bistrica.
Exhibits from the collection originate from the archives of the Postulates. From the Zagreb Cathedral, Republic of Croatia Archives, Carmelite Sisters in Brezovica, the family heritage of Dr Josip Andrić and numerous individual donors.
Four main periods are mentioned in the exhibition:
The Second World War
The grave of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac is located in the Zagreb Cathedral, right behind the main altar. The side silver plates show events from Stepinac’s life in great detail.
Alojzije Stepinac Museum Exhibits
Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Museum opening hours
Tuesday – Friday 08:30-17:00
Closed on Monday and Sunday.
Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Museum admission
What can you see and do at the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Museum?
You will see an unusual exhibition because it does not begin chronologically with birth. It begins with his last will and testament. From his viewpoint, that death for him is “merely a separation”.
In the multimedia auditorium, you can watch documentaries, view artefacts that are not displayed and move chronologically through the Blessed Stepinac’s life.
Have a look at the stones from the Zaprešić assassination attempt. The stones were guarded by the Carmelite Sisters in Brezovica and not shown to the public until now.
The Museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to get to Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Museum?
The museum is a part of the Archdiocesan palace, located in the Nebojan Tower. Just next to the Zagreb Cathedral.
The museum is accessible on foot from Zagreb ban Jelačić square. It is a short climb. If you have problems climbing, you can take the elevator from inside the Dolac market.