The first Franciscan residence was built at the end of 17 century and the building of today’s monastery started in 1728.
The foundation of church St. Peter are being placed on 25.07.1736, and the building is finished between 1743 and 1745.
The church itself has a museum in which a lot of archeological remnants from ancient times until the Turkish times, as well as objects from everyday life from this part of Croatia, are being held here.
In 1757 the Monastery opened a philosophical university where almost all writers of early Croatian religious poetry gained their literacy and basics of Latin and religion, among them Matija Antun Relković, the most important author of the Croatian Enlightenment.
Today the Monastery lives a quiet life and is glad to welcome new guests. Along with marvelous architecture and ambiance, it offers permanent exhibitions “Excavated relics from the Holy Land” and “History of Bible”.
If you are planning to visit Jerusalem, this is the place you should visit first, before going to the holy city.
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