Stella, Property Development and Event Production is proud to have created this representation of an Eastern European Roadside Shrine Garden for the Cambria City National Historic District.
The prominent feature of the garden is the Shrine to Our Lady of Mariapocs. This icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary was chosen for its cultural significance and connection to the heritage of Cambria City.
The icon, originating in the city of Mariapocs, Hungary, faces the site of the former St. Emerich’s Magyar (Hungarian) Roman Catholic Church.
The original Our Lady of Mariapocs icon is also of great importance to the Carpatho-Rusyn and Byzantine Catholic people of Hungary. She is invoked for the unity of all people.
Click here for information on the history of the original Icon and Shrine in Hungary.
Many of the original immigrants who founded St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church were from the area of Hungary around Mariapocs. There are currently descendants of immigrants who lived in the village of Mariapocs living in our neighborhood to this day.
The sign above the gate of the garden is the city crest of Mariapocs, Hungary.
The garden’s foundation is a former stone fountain created by previous owners of this property. It is handmade and forms a natural base for plants, mostly perennial, vine and ground cover. The large apple tree has recently been trimmed to produce orchard worthy fruit, as is the peach tree along the upper fence. Many Eastern European gardens contain fruit bearing trees.
As you look around the garden, you notice three other shrine areas.
One shrine is to the Infant Jesus of Prague. Representations of this statue can be found in the Roman Catholic and Byzantine Catholic Churches in Cambria City.
The second shrine contains the crosses which originally hung on the former St. Emerich Magyar (Hungarian) Roman Catholic Church. Stella, Property Development is proud to have secured these from a local salvage dealer. Hanging above the crosses is the Hungarian National Flag. They may not be where they once stood, but they will be here in perpetual remembrance of the church and the people who came to this neighborhood with their faith to build a new life.
The third shrine is the Stations of the Cross. This contemplative area has doubled the size of the garden and shrine and allows visitors another location to mediate and enjoy the peacefulness that is Mariapocs.
Open to the Public
24 hours per day – 7 days per week – 365 days per year
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To purchase Vigil Candles or Flowers for the Shrine, visit Cambria City Flowers. All proceeds go directly towards the maintenance and expansion of the Garden and Shrine.
No monetary profit is made from the Garden or Shrine by Stella LLC. It is a gift to the community and a work of gratitude for the watchful care of the Blessed Mother over our work and lives.