Castle, fort, monastery, or Slovenia's oldest pharmacy? ALL OF THE ABOVE! 🏰😍🇸🇮 *** What is known today as the Olimje Monastery was originally built first as a fort in the 11th century, remodeled into a mansion, then transformed into a castle in the 16th century.
In the 17th century it was donated to Pauline monks from Croatia and thus became a monastery...until the late 18th/early 19th century when Emperor Joseph II dismissed the monastery, the monks returned to Croatia, and the property was auctioned off. Count Attems purchased it and it was once again declared a castle.
It remained a castle until 1945, when the resident Count was killed and the building nationalized. The Diocese of Maribor eventually took over the property and turned it over to the Conventual Friars.
In 1999, the Slovenian Conventual Province founded the friary at Olimje... officially turning it into a monastery once more!
The old pharmacy inside - established by the Pauline monks in 1663 - features frescoes depicting the path to health and happiness. The property also has a newer pharmacy where you can consult with a resident monk and purchase homemade herbs, tinctures, ointments, and other natural remedies... including herbal liquor.