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The hilly landscape of the Dolenjska region and Slovenia’s oldest monastery


  • Distance 36800m

  • Duration 7:00h

  • Ascent 480m

  • Hight 555m

Ivančna Gorica lies in the midst of the characteristic hilly landscape of the Dolenjska region, halfway between Ljubljana and Novo Mesto. The surrounding area contains several historical and natural sights of interest. The medieval Stična Abbey, still home to a community of Cistercian monks, is particularly interesting. Founded in the year 1136, this Cistercian monastery is one of the most important historical monuments in Slovenia. It was once one of the principal centres of cultural and economic life in the country. It was here that the famous Stična Manuscripts were produced. Cistercian monks still live in the monastery, which is also the home of the Slovene Museum of Christianity.