Kostanjevica Monastery

Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Kostanjevica Franciscan Monastery with the Church of the Annunciation of Our Lady stands on a hill dividing the town of Nova Gorica and the suburb of Pristava. It is located just some 200 meters from the border with Italy. It is famous as the burial place of Charles X of France and his family.

In 1623 as small Carmelite sanctuary was erected just outside the limits of the town of Gorizia. In the next hundred years, a monastery was built next to the church, while the monastic chapel became an important site for pilgrims from Friuli and Goriška regions. In 1781, the monastery was disbanded by the Habsburg Emperor Joseph II. In 1811, the Franciscan friars acquired the abandoned complex, re-establishing the monastery. Among other, they brought a notable library containing some 10,000 books, which they transferred from the nearby Sveta Gora monastery. Today, the library is named after Father Stanislav Škrabec, a renowned Slovene linguist from the 19th century who lived and worked in the monastery for more than 40 years.

The Kostanjevica monastery was severely damaged in the Battles of the Isonzo during World War I. It was restored between 1924 and 1929. Until the end of World War II, the monastery was part of the town of Gorizia. In 1947, the border between Italy and Yugoslavia was set just a few hundred meters westward from the monastery, and Kostanjevica became part of the newly established town of Nova Gorica.

In the 19th century, the crypt of the Franciscan monastery was used for the burial of members of the French House of Bourbon who went into exile after the July Revolution. Most of them had settled in Gorizia, then part of the Austrian Empire, in the 1830s. The most famous of these is Charles X of France, King of France and Navarre.

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Founded: 1623
Category: Religious sites in Slovenia

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Viljenka Savli (7 months ago)
A nice sight, on a hill above Nova Gorica. It is a a monastery where you can visit the the tomb of the last French king.
Shannon Amundson-Knittel (7 months ago)
Wonderful building the design of the time is unreal.
Jure Škarabot (10 months ago)
Beautiful church, perfect for weddings and other ceremonies
Boris Abram (11 months ago)
Beautiful. A wonderful tourist spot with a great history of the past and a rich library. I recommend you
Francesco Paganelli (12 months ago)
This place is okay, it's situated in Slovenia on top of a hill just outside Italy, a few kilometers from the border. The view from here is spectacular and you'll see all the beautiful hills around the monastery and right in front of you the castle of Gorizia. I visited only the church of the monastery and the cript with the only French monarch buried outside France. I think that I could have visited more (based in info I found on tourist guides), the library for example, but couldn't find how when on site. Admissions to the critp are free but a donation is kindly requested to cover the expenses of cleaning and printing dépliants.
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