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It is rare that an archaeologist is lucky enough to come across foundations of two churches on one site, but when there is also a graveyard and a whole range of civil structures there, such an excavation becomes a project requiring several years of extensive analysis and processing of these finds.
2013 sees the celebration of the 725th anniversary of the first recording instance of the Pauline Monastery in Remete in historical written sources which has led the Zagreb City Museum to set up an exhibition.
The exhibition is divided into three units. The first is an introduction about the Pauline Order, which had a huge impact on the social and cultural life of this part of Europe from its beginning in the 13th century to the dissolution of the Order by the Decree of the Holy Roman Emperor Josip II in 1786. The exhibits represent a symbolic connection with the Pauline Order: I. K. Ranger’s oil on canvas ‘St. Paul the Hermit’, oil on canvas by unknown author ‘Remete’s Mother of God’ and a tombstone with the Pauline coat of arms. The introduction also presents manuscripts and printed editions from 17th and 18th centuries and a study by Kamilo Dočkal, the Zagreb Chapter canon, dating from mid 20th century, which analysed the history of the Remete Monastery but was never published despite being of valuable importance for an exploration of Pauline Order history in these areas.
In its central part, covering the topics such as On Troubled Grounds, On Target of the Ottomans and At the End of Life Cycle, the exhibition uses archaeological findings and documentation together with multimedia projections to present the persistence of the Pauline Order to remain in Remete, despite their churches being destroyed in only one hundred years due to landslides.
The exhibition closes with the contemplative topic and with an area of the gallery which has been arranged with Baroque reliquaries, the Pauline Songbook from the 17th century, enlarged images of miraculous effects of intercessions made by Remete’s Mother of God, found in the work of Andrija Eggerer printed in 17th century, that virtualises a sacral area.
© Zagreb City Museum.