Pleterje Charterhouse Open Air Museum


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Muzej na prostem – Kartuzija Pleterje
Drča 1, SI-8310 Šentjernej
Phone386 (0) 41 639 191, 386 (0) 7 308 1050
Founded byMunicipality of Šentjernej
 Pleterje Charterhouse Monastery
Simon Udvanc, Head
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The Pleterje Charterhouse, the only still-inhabited Carthusian monastery in Slovenia (established in 1409), with an exceptional Gothic church and a community of Carthusian monks living in clausura also has in its vicinity an Open Air Museum. The museum is part of a long-term national project to establish a "Network of Regional Open-air Museums" with a view to protecting ethnological and architectural heritage. A village of wooden, thatched-roof houses, together with farm outhouses, barns, hayracks (kozolec), farm tools, wells, black kitchens, etc., represents the village life and culture under the Gorjanci hills in the south of Slovenia at the end of the 19th century. The facilities are connected to various farm activities such as vineyards and winemaking, cattle and pig raising, hen-houses, domestic crafts, preparing food, woodwork ... Occasional presentations of farming customs and craft making are also organised. Visitors can also see domestic animals as well as purchase souvenirs in the museum shop.


The earliest attempt to present the Open Air Museum as buildings belonging to the region's architectural heritage in the forecourt of the Pleterje Carthusian Monastery was made in 1984. In that year the old Gothic church was renovated and opened to the general public. However, because of the increased numbers of visitors and also to preserve the monastery's peace and quiet, the Novo mesto Regional Office of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia and the Pleterje Monastery wanted to find a special location for a range of buildings which would represent a typical 19th-century farmhouse of the Šentjernej plain.

In 1990–1991 the Kegljevič farmhouse of 1833 was moved from the village of Ostroge to an area near the monastery. In 1992 it was joined by the Banič House from the village of Mihovo, part of which had to be reconstructed. In 1996 a double hay-rack with two pairs of windows was acquired, and in 1998 the Simoščev pigsty from the village of Javorovica was relocated to the site. The last building to be moved here was the Dobrovoljč pod, a wooden building used for threshing and as a hay-loft.

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