)The Sanctuary originates from a vow made by a soldier at the time of the Napoleonic wars in Europe. He promised that if he returned safe and sound he would produce a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is why the Sanctuary is dedicated to Maria Auxiliatrix (Auxilium = help).
2007 will be the centenary of the crowning of the statue.
The Sanctuary is linked with Croatia and especially with the Sanctuary of Ma
Pope John-Paul II visited the Sanctuary as a pilgrim on 17th May 1996. The Feast of the Sanctuary is on 24th May.