Žiče Charterhouse, Loče pri Poljčanah

#11 of 76 in Historic Sites in Styria Region
Must see · Religious Site · Architectural Building
Žiče Charterhouse is a mysterious beauty which has been stirring spirits for centuries. Once between the forgotten years of 1160 and 1165, the Margrave of Styria, Count Ottokar III., who liked to visit Slovenske Konjice, ordered the construction of French Carthusians' home in the remote valley of St. John the Baptist. Since then the Žiče Charterhouse has been awakening specific energy. The respectful serenity and personalized peace rule there. It is a relaxing trip.

Žiče Charterhouse can be seen almost as if from the times of Ottokar III. Put on the smart glasses and turn back time. You will see the:

- parts of the Charterhouse that are no longer present,

- secret Carthusians,

- revived legends about the origin of the monastery.

An interesting fact: According to the legend of its origin, the monastery is also called Zajcklošter. The story of the legend will be revealed to you while wearing the smart glasses.

Explore with Audio Guides:

- 4 permanent exhibitions about the history of the Charterhouse,

- Otakar's sparkling wine cellar with ripening sparkling wine of Zlati grič,

- Pottery studio (tradition with display of the handicrafts or a workshop),

- Herbal Pharmacy with herbs from the Žiče Charterhouse,

- Lush herbal gardens and the Gastuž Inn from 1467, a renowned restaurant with monastery dishes and beautiful weddings.

Although the life of monks in Žiče Charterhouse had died after the decree of the Emperor Joseph II., today this divine space is alive again. On Saturdays it is filled with touching wedding celebrations and some Fridays in the summer are dedicated to quality concerts: Summer music evenings in Žiče Charterhouse.
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  • Great audio guide to tell the history of a very interesting site. Most of it is in ruins, but still easy to see understand what it once was. Like a lot of sites in Slovenia, this felt undiscovered...  more »
  • Ruin of a monastery in a quite valley. Some parts left like they apear after nearly 1.000 years if existence, some parte are rebuild. Gives you a great impression of its architecture. Learned some...  more »
  • Super interesting, beautiful quiet location!! Audiotour is included in the entrance fee.
  • Beautifully restored place, try to catch an open air concert in a historical setting.

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