SERENE BEAUTY IN SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST VALLEY
Experience the eloquent silence of this former Carthusian monastery located in the pristine setting of Saint John the Baptist Valley, a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Slovenske Konjice. The Charterhouse has been recounting unusual tales to passers-by ever since the 12th century. Today, it is the home to four permanent exhibitions on the Carthusian past and the history of the Konjice area. A potter and a herbalist are busy at work behind its walls, while the sparkling wines of a Konjice company by the name of Zlati grič mature in peace and quiet in the sparkling wine cellar. The souvenir shop is replete with locally-made products. And here the descendant of the world’s oldest vine from Lent in Maribor is thriving. Not only is Žiče Charterhouse becoming a venue for attractive weddings and cultural events, such as musical evenings, spiritual, poetry, theatre and dance retreats and art colonies, it is also gaining recognition as a popular digital detox retreat destination, as it is full of potent energy points and has limited telephone signal strength. Slowly but surely, Žiče Charterhouse is awakening from a centuries-long slumber. In 2015, it was proclaimed a monument of national importance along with the Visitation of the Virgin Mary Church in Špitalič, the only remnant of the former lower house the monastery. Today it is a place for relaxation, escape from the hustle and bustle, a concert or even a fairytale wedding.