Sunday, January 31, 2016

Monastery of the Carthusian Monks in Slovenia

Another hidden gem of Slovenia

Through the valley of the Holy John the Baptist you can get to mysterious Charterhouse Žiče.
In this remote and narrow valley, the former owner of this estate, the Margrave of Styria Ottokar III, in around 1155, set out to establish a residence for monks from the Great Charterhouse in France. They arrived in 1160 and began building most of the buildings, first wooden and later completely solid construction structures. In the 15th century, the today’s Gastuž Inn was erected, which is one of the oldest still operating inns in Central Europe. Monastical life was halted in 1782 when Emperor Joseph II issued a decree to terminate Charterhouse Žiče. After 1827, the buildings began to decay, but in the last decade, life has once again been returning to Charterhouse Žice.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Palmanova, small Italian Town

Palmanova, small town in northeastern Italy, built up by the Venetians in 1593 as a star fort of the Late Renaissance.

"Palmanova was built following the ideals of a utopia. It is a concentric city with the form of a star, with three nine-sided ring roads intersecting in the main military radiating streets. It was built at the end of the 16th century by the Venetian Republic which was, at the time, a major center of trade. It is actually considered to be a fort, or citadel, because the military architect Giulio Savorgnan designed it to be a Venetian military station on the eastern frontier as protection from the Ottoman Empire."(Wikipedia)

The impressive Piazza Grande is one of the biggest squares in whole Italy and certainly one of the most beautiful. Unfortunately, the city of Palmanova is less known destination and one of the most underrated. Do not miss to visit it if traveling by car in direction of Trieste or Udine, it worth to stop here, really hidden gem!