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We come to the pilgrimage site of the Mother of Good Hope – Šumanvci. The pilgrimage site is on the outskirts of Gunja – Drenovci – Đurići. It is the oldest pilgrimage site in the Vukovar-Syrmia County and dates from the 14th century. In 1373, the Counts of Alša built a Franciscan monastery on the site of today’s pilgrimage site. Mary gradually develops into a shrine. During the Ottoman era, the pilgrimage site was destroyed, after the rule of the Ottomans it became a pilgrimage site again. In 1822 a new church was built in Šumanovci, in which the statue of the Assumption of Mary is exhibited. Today it is visited in large numbers on various occasions throughout the year, especially on the feasts of the Assumption.
The path leads us on to Gunja, only a few minutes by car from the pilgrimage site. Accompanied by a local guide, we visit Gunja: the Church of St. Jakov, parish hall and library, the oldest mosque in Croatia.
In the center of Gunja there are two restaurants where we take a lunch break.
We spend the afternoon at KUD Graničari. KUD Graniočar is a culture and art association from Gunja founded in 1971. The association maintains Slavonian dances and customs, which are presented to us in rich folk costumes. Singers and tamburitza players are an indispensable part of their rich program.
Let’s relax and enjoy until the evening.