Sveta Gora

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The Sveta Gora Church (Slovenian: Skalnica o Sveta Gora pri Gorici, Church of the Holy Mountain near Gorica ) is a church in Nova Gorica in Slovenia .


The 682 meter high Holy Mountain (Slovene: Sveta Gora, Italian: Monte Santo), located on the orographic left side of the Isonzo , was a holy place as early as the Middle Ages, according to sources from 1368, 1378, 1382 and 1383.

The original church was replaced by a new Gothic and Renaissance church from 1514 to 1544 . Since Marian apparitions have been handed down here, the mountain soon became an important place of pilgrimage. The three-nave church, along with other buildings on the mountain, was destroyed during the Isonzo battles in World War I.

A second church was raised to the rank of a minor basilica by Pope Pius X in 1906 as the first church on what is now Slovenian soil . The church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and the associated Franciscan monastery are subordinate to the diocese of Koper .

The basilica, destroyed in 1915

Today's church, designed by Silvan Baresi , was built in 1928 as a three-aisled structure with a side aisle. It is 72 meters long and 22 meters wide. There is a portrait of Our Lady above the altar. According to tradition, it was made by the Venetian artist Palmo the Elder and brought to the church in 1544 by Patriarch Marino Grimani . Two archbishops of Gorizia are buried behind the high altar, which was built in 1932 . The stained glass and the organ are from 1939.

In 1921 the bells were hung in the tower. The Baroque Stations of the Cross, painted in 1765, found their way into the church in 1977. In the winter chapel there is a late Gothic carving of the Virgin and Child from the second quarter of the 16th century.

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Coordinates: 45 ° 59 ′ 57.7 ″  N , 13 ° 39 ′ 19 ″  E