Žice Carthusian monastery
Žice Carthusian monastery - presentation
The Carthusian Order, based in France, built its first monastery in a non-Roman land around the year 1160 in Žice. The first building of this type in Slovenia was built by the Styrian border count Otokar of the Traungau family.
A church, monastical buildings, chapel, Otokar's tomb and graveyard for priors were constructed behind the fortified walls and defensive towers. The monastery reached its heyday in the 14th century and was for some time even the seat of the Carthusian General Priory.
The monks left the monastery during the Reformation, and it was finally abandoned in 1782 after many failed attempts at reviving it. Because of its special architecture, the Žice monastery is considered one of the most important European monasteries and is surely worthy of your visit.