Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Lepoglava
With the arrival of the Paulins in the 15th c. begins the construction of a church and a monastery in Lepoglava. Towards the end of the 15th century, with the arrival of the Turks, the church and the monastery were destroyed. The reconstruction of the church and monastery was financed by the Croatian Count Ivaniš Korvin, who in 1504 was buried under the main altar. In the second half of the 17th c. the church was upgraded and decorated in Baroque style.
The interior of the church is dominated by the main Baroque altar from the 18th century, and the vaults of the church are frescoed by Ivan Ranger, a Pauline monk who was one of the greatest Baroque painters. The church also has valuable organs from 1649 which are one of the oldest organs in Croatia.
With the abolition of the Pauline order in Croatia in 1786, the Paulines left Lepoglava and took some pieces of art from the church, and their monastery was converted into a penitentiary. Alojzije Stepinac stayed in Lepoglava penitentiary until 1951, and then he was transferred to his native Krašić. During his stay in Lepoglava, Blessed Alojzije Stepinac was kept in complete isolation, but he was allowed to celebrate mass and read theological books.
Today in the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary there is the side altar of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, who was innocently convicted in October 1946 and brought to Lepoglava to serve his sentence. After the relocation of Stepinac to Krašić, the authorities closed the church, which was only opened to believers again in 1990. In 2001, the penitentiary handed over the Pauline monastery to the Diocese of Varaždin, which is again connected to the church in a unique complex.