Maria Radna Church
Some important date about the Maria Radna
1325- Carl Robert de Anjou King of Hungary establish a monastery dedicate Saint Louis of Toulouse
1440- Radna is first mentionate
1552- With the conquest of Timisoara, the major part of Hungary falls under Ottoman rule
1695- Turkish soldiers set fire to the Franciscan chapel. The church burns in a sea of flames – religious believers find the paper printed Image of Mercy undamaged among the charred remains. According to another legend, the hoof of a Turkish soldier´s horse, riding up the hill to the church, got sunk into a stone, whereupon he could not continue his ride. The stone with the hoofmark and the painting on the right hand side wall of the church draw impressive attention thereon.
1709- While the black death raged in Arad, the inhabitants vowed to arrange a pilgrimage to Maria Radna as a sign of gratitude for the termination and salvation from this terrible plague.
1895- On the occasion of celebrating 200 years since the recording of the first miracle at Maria Radna, the church was embellished with a new high altar made of Carrara marble.
1992- Pope John Paul II bestows the title „Basilica Minor“ to the church of pilgrimage of Maria Radna. On this occasion and as a sign of gratitude towards the Virgin Mary of Maria Radna protecting the church and diocese during the difficult times of the communist regime, Dr. Adalbert Boros, the Titular Archbishop, donates a new altar for the Basilica of Maria Radna.
Interesting Fact about Radna
It was manufactured in 1905, in Timisoara, by the company "Wegenstein and sons".
It is a pneumatic organ, with 2 rows of manual keyboards, with 26 registers and 1580 tubes.
It is a special organ, it was originally made by Carl Leopold Wegenstein, for a church in France, but they considered it too expensive to buy it and so the Franciscan monks decided to buy this organ, which they did.
Over the years, the beauty of the orgy, its viability and the acoustics of the church have attracted many artists and music lovers alike.
Many organists, pianists, musicians showed interest in this organ, holding many concerts.
When Emperor Joseph II visit the monastery he said:
If I were not Emperor in Vienna, I would like to be guardian in Radna!