Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 9.00-17.00, Sundays
and holy days: 14.00-17.00.
Individual visits: Tuesday to Saturday 8.30, 10.00,
14.00, 16.00, Sundays and holy days: 14.00 and 16.00.
All visits are guided.
Information and visit announcement by phone: +386
01 78 77 100
The Stična Abbey is situated at the foot of
the hills of Dolenjska, near present-day Ivančna Gorica. The
history of this, the oldest monastery in modern Slovenia, began
in 1132, not long after the foundition of the Cistercian Order.
The Abbey was founded by Peregrinus I, Patriarch of Aquileia,
in a foundation charter in 1136, in which the monastery estates
were granted by the brothers of Weixelburg (Višnja Gora). The
first monks came to Stična from the Monastery of Rein near Graz,
whilst the first abbot, Vincent, came from the French Abbey
of Morimond. Soon after its foundation, the monastery enjoyed
numerous liberties and privileges, the fruits of their economic
and charitable, as well as pastoral activities, the latter from
the 13th century onwards. The monastery incorporated a number
of parishes during the Middle Ages, thereby increasing its reputation
as well as its religious and cultural influence. This was increased
by the Abbey's scriptorium and, as sources reveal, the first
music school in Carniola. After the severe internal crises during
the 15th and the 16th centuries, the monastery prospered again
during the 17th and the 18th centuries, when it gained more
or less its present form. It was dissolved, but was subsequently
refounded and its importance as the religious, economic, and
cultural centre of Dolenjska was restored.