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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Fani Pečar (2 years ago)
Super vodenje, hvala, gospa Mirjam!
Roland Mlinarič (2 years ago)
Zelo sem zadovoljen z samostanom in njegovo okolico
viviana godeas (2 years ago)
Semplicemente meraviglioso!!!! Trasmette pace e serenità.....oltre a fare un po di allenamento.....
alenka vrhovnik (3 years ago)
V zacetku maja zadisi in se razcveti 2.najvecji vrt disecih burbonskih vrtnic. Na ogled je grobnica z 6 timi 3 tonskimi sarkofagi iz marmorja. V eni so posmrtni ostanki zadnjega francoskega kralja Karla X. Edina grobnica s kraljem pri nas. Na ogled bogata knjiznica z 11.500 starih knjig. Imajo edini izvod Bohoriceve slovnice iz leta 1584 z avtorjevim lastnorocnim ppdpisom. Lepa obnovljena cerkev z Kostanjevisko marijo. Poleg komuna z 9 odvisniki od mamil v 3 letnem programu - se sami oskrbujejo, skrbijo za krave, gosi, kokosi. Lep razgled iz hriba Kostanjevica na staro in novo Gorico. Priporocam izlet.posebno zacetek maja
Maya Naya (3 years ago)
Priporočam ogled samostana predvsem takrat, ko na samostanskem vrtu cvetijo vrtnice burbonke, nekje v prvi polovici maja, takrat organizirajo tudi vodene oglede po samostanu (grobnica, knjižnica). Lep sprehod po vrtu, kjer vas pozdravlja ogromno raznobarvnih vrtnic in njihov vonj vas prijetno boža. Njihova knjižnica obsega bogato zbirko knjig, starih po več sto let. Ogledate pa si tudi grobnico, kjer so kamnite krste s posmrtnimi ostanki francoske kraljeve rodbine Bourbon, med njimi zadnji kralj Karel X. Lepo.
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