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Jurklošter Carthusian Monastery

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If you want to experience some of the secrets of the famous novel The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, the Jurklošter Carthusian Monastery is the right place for you.

Hidden in a narrow valley of the Gračnica stream, in the forest’s embrace, between two important Slovenian natural health resorts Laško and Podčetrtek, the today’s remains of the monastery of 12 fathers and 16 brothers of the Carthusian order still stir up the imagination.

In particular because this is almost certainly the final resting place of Veronica of Desenice, the second wife of Frederick II of Celje, a Count and Prince of State, towards whom his politically ambitious father Hermann II of Celje was so unforgiving during the height of the power of the Counts of Celje that he had his lover Veronica drowned. Because of that, the stories and myths of the Counts of Celje are alive to this day.

The Jurklošter Carthusian Monastery was founded by the Bishop of Krško in the second half of the 12th century. The monks ordered the deforestation of many forests to gain farming land. They had their own wine bar and steam baths in Laško. The Counts of Celje gave the monastery the tithe from their lands, they supported it financially and granted it judicial immunity.

Nowadays, when visiting the Jurklošter Carthusian Monastery, you can also visit the almost eight-hundred-year-old church of St Maurice in the late Romanesque style, with rib vaults making it an exceptional sacred monument. You can peek into secret passages and learn stories about the secret library, which is described in The Name of the Rose and into which not even all monks were allowed access. The secret recipe for the symbiosis of relations was invented by the blessed Odo, who was declared a saint and is among the most famous inhabitant of the monastery of the hermit monks.