Museum of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac
The memorial collection of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac presents to the public numerous documents and objects that Cardinal Stepinac used for his life, two busts of art and photographs related to his life and work. In a small space, enriched with bold and suggestive architectural interventions, one can learn many important details from the Cardinal’s life and work and be inspired by a life spent in witnessing eternal values.
Opened in 1995, the memorial collection of the Servant of God was located on the ground floor of the Archbishop’s Palace, in the courtyard behind the cathedral. In order to make it more accessible to visitors, the Archdiocese of Zagreb has prepared a new space located right next to the capital of Zagreb in the part of the Archbishop’s Palace known as the Nebojan Tower, which opened on November 10, 2007.
The memorial collection can be viewed on weekdays from 8am to 5pm and on Saturdays as needed.
In the memorial collection can be obtained all editions of the Postulature of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac: Herald, biography, pictures, thumbnails, and various items such as medals, powers and the like.
Material of the memorial collection
Of the documents accompanying Cardinal’s life from baptism to death, that is, from the baptismal letter to the handwritten will, particular attention is drawn to the scriptures that reveal his take on the persecuted in II. including a letter from a Serbian Orthodox priest and writings such as the warrant issued by Attorney General Jakov Blazevic of Cardinal’s arrest and search of the archdiocesan court.
Of the personal items presented to the public, special attention is drawn to the red “lightbox” that Cardinal’s mother Barbara gave to her young son when he went on a world eagle landing in Brno in 1922, and to a cardinal scarlet he never donned and was purchased by Croatian expatriates from United States, but was never able to hand him over because of the Iron Curtain.
The visitors’ attention will certainly be attracted by the stones he was attacked after the war during the attempted assassination in Zaprešić, which have hitherto been guarded by the Carmelite sisters in Brezovica.
The photographs exhibited document Stepinac’s birthplace, his family, his theological, priestly and episcopal days, his trial on the mounted trial, his captivity in Krasic, his magnificent farewell at the cathedral in 1960, the process of his blessing and the honors his Ivan had shown him. Paul II. visiting his grave.
The exhibits presented in the collection come from the archives of the Postulate, from the Treasury of the Zagreb Cathedral, from the Carmel of barefoot Carmelites from Brezovica, from the Archives of the Republic of Croatia, from the family heritage of Dr. Josip Andrić and from numerous individual donors.