Sticna is a village in central Slovenia, around 35 kilometers from Lubjana. It is mainly known for The Cistercian Monastery which every year attracts a considerable amount of tourists. The Cistercian Monastery in Sticna is the most important historical, cultural, architectural and religious monument in Slovenia. It’s important to know that the Cistercian Monastery is the only monastery in Slovenia that operates until today with 10 monks (including the abbot) and 3 nuns who live there. They believe in the motto of Sanint Benedict “Ora et labora” which results in six to eight hours of prayer a day and meals eaten in complete silence.
The monastery was founded in 1135 by Cistercians which makes it the oldest monastery in the country. Within the years the monastery underwent several changes like the construction of thick walls and towers in the 15th century to protect from the Turkish raids.
The architectural features of the monastery complex reflect all the main European architectural styles, from early Romanesque and Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque. The oldest part of the monastery remains preserved in the cloister and monastic church.
In 1784 the monastery was abolished following the Josephine reforms. The White Monks returned to Sticna in 1898 after 114 years away. After the Second World War the monks were forced to leave the monastery again, this time by communists who established there a school and a cheese factory. The monks managed to regain their property and until today they are fighting to restore the monastery to its former glory.
The monastery is arranged for visits and the monastery museum is opened regularly. The museum presents the history of the Cistercian Monastery, the most important events in the history of Roman Catholic religion in Slovenia, works of sacral art and parts of the monastery opened to public like The Basilica of the Sorrowful Mother of God with a baroque altar and frescoes.
In the monastery shop herbals teas produced by the monks that heal all kinds of health problems are sold.
Additional attraction that takes place in Sticna every year in November or December is an art festival – Festival Sticna. For those who are interested in the history of the territory of Slovenia it may be important to know that not far from Sticna an archaeological path that leads to Cvinger is situated.

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