Radna (Máriaradna in Hungarian) is a northern suburb of Lipova (Lippa in Hungarain), about 30 km east of Arad in Romania.
A very well known and respected Marian pilgrimage place, with the Church administered by the Franciscan Order.
The Picture of the "Most Blessed Virgin" was purchased in 1668 by György Vrichonassa, a Catholic businessman from an Italian merchant.
A Picture was on the Altar of the old Chapel until the invading Turks burnt the Chapel down.
The Picture escaped intact and the burning hot tiles from the torched Chapel's roof rained down on the Turkish soldiers.
The officer in charge ordered the execution of the soldiers who torched the Chapel.
During the 18th Century, Radna (Máriaradna) became a place of pilgrimage, a larger Church was built on the ruins and a Monastery was attached next door.
Until the Trianon Peace agreement in 1920, Radna was the Máriaradna district's administration centre.
Unfortunately I do not have any of my photos of this place left, although we had four cameras between us and we have taken many, many photos wherever we went, two of my most favoured cameras: a JVC video camera I favoured because of the quality of photos it produced, ease of use and its excellent compression rate, and my Panasonic camera for its miniature size. Both had large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos on them were stolen from my bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife', with my wallet and money.
You'll see this message a few times, because my JVC and Panasonic cameras' cards had many-many pictures stored on them.
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