The rosaries will forever be part of the Pelješac Bridge after two Croatian engineers revealed they incorporated them into the construction.
Engineers Ivica Granic and Franko Berovic decided on this decision a year ago, and now they have decided to share it with the public.
“The message of our move was that one day when we remember this, we can tell our children that we did something like this and we can tell them that these little things are as important as the people who surround us, but above all the presence of God in everything we are and do,” said Granić Croatian Catholic Radio.
Ivica Granić received the Fatherland Rosary, with Prince Branimir’s Cross, as a gift from a family friend, and he decided to incorporate them into the construction of the Pelješac Bridge.
“The Fatherland rosary seemed to me very beautiful and symbolic because it has red and white beads that recall our checkerboard. In addition to Prince Branimir’s cross, it also contains images of Our Lady from all major Marian shrines in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he added of the Homeland Rosary, which is also internationally protected.
Granić said he suggested to his colleague Berović to climb to the top of the S7 pylon, located one hundred meters above the sea, and say a prayer and place the beads of the rosary there as a small sign of the presence of God.
“We did it a year ago and we didn’t want to tell anyone at the time. Now that the work is nearing completion, I remember those times and see how great this bridge has been. photographed and filmed from all sides, within the framework of the steel and the concrete that we make for example, and for me the people seemed more important to me, but also the presence of God seemed to me even more important in what we did, so I decided to share that moment on my Facebook profile,” Granić said, recalling that it was a chilly day when they climbed to plant the rosemary beads.
“It was blowing a lot and we were freezing. Moreover, it was not easy to mount the temporary construction on top of the pylon. It was the highest place in the whole project, but we did it together as a gesture. For us it was very important and at the top we said a prayer. We dedicated the prayer to the Croatian people of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Granić said.
Speaking about people’s reactions to this act, he said, “Initially, only a few supervising engineers knew about it and approved of it. There was no negative reaction, but that was our personal matter. Personally, while on some sites I was chief engineer and foreman, I called the priests at the end of the work to bless them. I called Don Ivica Babić on Hvar, when we were working on a long section near Ploče, in the end I called Fr. Niko Glavinić and it is very important for me. We haven’t mentioned it here, but we both went to great lengths to leave this little Croatian rosary as a reminder and a sign of God’s presence in what we do.
Since the beginning of the construction of the bridge, Granić and Berović have been present on the construction site.
“Berović and I started working in the quality control department as part of a team of Croatian engineers. Among others, there were about twenty Croatian experts during the works. We had up to seven hundred people on I was then appointed for part of the work as construction manager, but at that time Franko and I were handling quality control of everything that was integrated into the construction of structures in concrete and steel. We still know every little detail of this bridge, which is otherwise an imposing construction,” he said before concluding.
“The Pelješac Bridge is of great importance for Croatia. This is a national project, a big project, interesting and also important in a technical sense. I think it is important for all of us Croats, and especially for those who will often cross it.
The Pelješac Bridge connects the southernmost parts of Croatia and the country’s mainland and will be open to the public today.