Olimje Monastery

Since the 11th century, the valley under Rudnica Mountain has been home to the Olimje Castle.

This is where the Pavline friars from the Croatian Lepoglava settled in 1663 and next to it built a baroque church that contains one of the largest golden baroque altars in Slovenia.
The church is devoted to the Assumption of Mary and was originally intended for pilgrims.
In one of the castle towers, the Pauline friars arranged a pharmacy. In 1780, it was painted by Anton Lerchinger.
In 1782, emperor Joseph II dismissed the monastery and created a parish church. The Counts of Attems bought the buildings with land but had two wings of the monastery demolished due to high taxes. In 1990, the Minorit order moved into the monastery, and they are more than willing to show and explain the artistic and sacral wealth of the church and old pharmacy to visitors.
Friars also revived the pharmacological tradition of the monastery. They grow medicinal plants in the monastery garden and use them to prepare tea, ointments and tinctures that help maintain good health.
In the botanical garden, visitors can get informed about the healing effect of many plants that grow in Slovenian gardens, meadows, swamps and forests.
 
Opening times:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00–12:00 and 13:00–19:00
Sunday: 13:00–19:00

Minoritski samostan Olimje
Olimje 82
3254 Podčetrtek

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