The Cistercian Way (Way of Cistercians) is a more than 6,300 kilometer long international hiking trail that connects the monastic landscapes of six European countries; with two circular routes, 14 and 24 km long, Stična will also join the route.
On Friday, September 22, the Museum of Christianity in Slovenia and the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica invite you to the opening of the Stična Cistercian Trail. From now on, this will be part of the more than 6,300 kilometer long international hiking trail that connects the monastic landscapes of six European countries (Way of Cistercians). “The path takes pilgrims and hikers to unspoiled wilderness, cultural landscape and cultural heritage,” the curators of the Stiška museum wrote in the invitation. As part of the Cisterscapes project, seventeen “organizers” from five countries (Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Slovenia) studied and researched in detail the traces left by the activities of the Cistercians in the cultural landscape over the centuries. The Cistercian Way goes in the direction of Cîteaux in Burgundy, where the Cistercian monastic order originates.
“The Stična monastery, in part of which the public institution Museum of Christianity in Slovenia operates, is an excellent starting point for exploring the rich legacy of the Cistercians. Pilgrims and hikers will be able to discover it on two circular routes – the first is 14 km long, the second 24 km – marked with yellow rosettes and information boards,” wrote Nataša Polajnar Frelih, director of the Museum of Christianity in Slovenia. A third, very picturesque path was added to the two paths, which connects Stična and Kostanjevica na Krka, where the Gallery of Božidar Jakac, also a partner in the Cisterscapes project, is located.
Ceremonial opening and first march – registration required
The path will be officially opened on Friday, September 22. The meeting point will be at the entrance portal of the Stiška monastery at 9:30 a.m., when there will be a blessing and a short event at the opening of the path, and at 10 a.m. hikers and pilgrims will set off along the valley of the Stiška stream to Pristava – the path is 8 km long, estimated walking time 4 hours . After refreshments at Pristava, transport will be organized through the cultural landscape and a visit to striking points: Marof, Črnelski bajerji, Muljava, the former mill in Zagradac… Estimated arrival in Stička at 6 p.m. Registration by phone +386 41-689-994 is mandatory.
On the evening before the opening of the route (Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m.), there will be an organ concert by organist Luka Posavac in the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Stika. The Cistercians and the Museum of Christianity are inviting.