The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia. Following World War II, Yugoslavia became a federal independent Communist state under the strong hand of Marshal Tito. Although Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years of sporadic, but often bitter, fighting before occupying Serb armies were mostly cleared from Croatian lands. Under UN supervision, the last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998. More than 85% of its citizens are Roman Catholic.

* Taken from The CIA World Fact Book, 6/16/09

Shrine of the Virgin - 700th Anniversary
Reliquaire de la Vierge Marie - 700e anniversaire
Date: 6/16/91; Scott: RA 21

Creche - Kosljun Monastery
Crèche - Monastère de Kosljun
Date: 12/11/91; Scott: 102

Madonna of Bistrica
La Madone de Bistrica
Date: 8/01/92; Scott: RA 35

Epiphany
Épiphanie
Date: 12/01/94; Scott: 226

The Moving of the Holy House - Virgin Mary sanctuary, Loreto - 700th Anniversary
Le déménagement de la Sainte Maison - Sanctuaire de la Vierge Marie, Lorette - 700e anniversaire
Date: 12/10/94; Scott: 227
Artist: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1969-1770)

Croatian Pieta - Holy Mother of Freedom
Pieta croatienne - Sainte Mère de la liberté
Date: 8/14/95; Scott: RA 60
Artist: Yvan Lackovic (1932-2004)

Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Bistrica
Sanctuaire de la Vierge Marie de Bistrica
Date: 3/18/96; Scott: RA 68

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