Olimje Monastry, Slovenia 2

Graeme  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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The Olimje Monastry in Slovenia was originally built as a castle in the renaissance style in about 1550. The castle was bought by baron Ivan Zakmardy of Zagreb in 1658. He converted it to a monastery, and in 1663 donated it to brothers of the Pauline order from Lepoglava, Croatia.
(1290 viewings on 15 July 2017)
The castle was nationalized after World War II. In 1974, a major earthquake badly damaged it; soon afterward it was thoroughly renovated. The sanctuary and parish were in 1990 given to the Little Brothers of St Francis – minorites. On the 15th of August, 1999, they revived the monastery after 217 years. Today the care both for pilgrims and the tourists visiting the historic castle and pharmacy.

The Olimje Monastry includes one of the first pharmacies established in Europe. Its imposing grey facade overlooks a healthy herb garden supplying ingredients for the pharmacy.

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