Capuchin Monastery Archives and Library, Škofja Loka

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Kapucinski arhiv in knjižnica samostana v Škofji Loki
http://www.kapucini.si/skofja-loka/
kapucini.loka@rkc.si
Kapucinski trg 1, SI-4220 Škofja Loka
Phone386 (0) 4 512 0970, 386 (0) 4 506 3005 (library)
Fax386 (0) 4 506 3004
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Jože Smukavec, Head
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Marta Gartner, Librarian
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The Capuchin Monastery Archives and Library, Škofja Loka, dating from the beginning of the 18th century, preserve a precious collection of rare books, manuscripts, and registry data. The most renowned is the manuscript with the Škofja Loka Passion Play.

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History

Ordo Fratrum Minorum Capucinorum came to Slovenia in the 16th century when the order was confirmed by the pope, and by the 17th century the Slovene territory had 10 order houses.

The Church of St. Anna and the adjacent monastery were built in 1709, when the Capuchin library was also founded. Although the youngest of the Slovenian monasteries, the Škofja Loka Library soon became the largest monastic library in Slovenia. The fund was enlarged after 1786, when the collections of the dissolved monasteries in Kranj and portions of the ones from Ljubljana and Novo mesto were added. In 1922 the order was organised into a joint Slovene-Croatian province, but in 1967 it was split into separate Slovene and Croat provinces.

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The Capuchin Monastery Archives are important for their birth, death, and marriage records. They also preserve a range of incunabula and old religious books. The most precious is the manuscript by Friar Romuald from 1721 on which the famous Škofja Loka Passion Play, the oldest preserved drama text in the Slovenian language, is based. In 1999 the play was performed again in the town of Škofja Loka for the first time in 200 years.

Older documents from the monastery archives are preserved at the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia.

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