Kostanjevica on the Krka
Kostanjevica on the Krka is a small town in the historic Lower Carniola region of southern Slovenia. It is one of the oldest towns in Slovenia and less than one thousand people live here. It is also promoted as the “Venice of Lower Carniola”.
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The town is protected as a cultural and historical monument.
Tourists bypass the center of town and head straight to its most famous spot – a place where ‘culture and art intertwine with nature and spirituality’.
In the early 13th century, the Carinthian duke Bermhard voon Spainheim established the Fons Sanctae Cistercian Abbey on the southern frontier of the March of Carniola, which he claimed against the resistance of the Partiarchs of Aquileia and the Dukes of Merania.
The monastery, a filial of Viktring Abbey near Klagenfurt, was enlarged in a Baroque style in the early 18th century. It was nevertheless finally disbanded in 1785 by the Habsburg emperor Joseph II.
A former monastic complex, which was severely damaged in World War II, has been renovated and now houses the Božidar Jakac Gallery, an art gallery with a sculpture park and a permanent exhibition of works by Božidar Jakac. It is dominated by the Early Gothic abbey church built in 1234.
The town’s parish church is dedicated to Saint James and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Novo Mesto. It is an originally 13th century Romanesque building that was largely rebuilt in the Baroque style in the 17th century. Kostanjevica Cave, a popular tourist destination, is nearby.