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SHOW 390 .. 24th July 2010

- Nova Gorica 
- The Kostanjevica Monastery 
- The Trnovo Forest 
- Designer Oskar Kogoj 
- The Goriška Brda Hills 
 
Nova Gorica 
At the foot of Sveta Gora and Mount Sabotin, where the Soča River leaves its gorge and flows across the Gorica plains, one of the youngest Slovenian towns developed after the Second World War – the town of Nova Gorica.
Nova Gorica, or New Gorica, was built right next to an older town of the same name – Gorica, which was given to Italy when the new border was drawn up after the war. The Goriška region was thus left without its centre.
The Kostanejvica Monastery
In the immediate vicinity of the centre of Nova Gorica, on a 143-metre-high hill, rise the Kostanjevica Church and Monastery.
The hill is covered with chestnut trees, hence its name, kostanj being Slovene for chestnut. The place is not only a spiritual centre but also a very precious historical and cultural monument
The Trnovo Forest
Trnovski gozd, the Trnovo Forest covers a Karst plateau at an altitude of between 1000 to 1400 metres above sea level. The plateau lies to the northeast of Nova Gorica and shields the town from cold winds.
Trnovski gozd is the second most wooded area in Slovenia. It also conceals natural attractions which are real rarities at the global level.
Designer Oskar Kogoj
Nature is a primary source of inspiration for world-famous designer Oskar Kogoj. Although he could live anywhere in the world, he has remained true to his birth town of Miren near Nova Gorica. He has also set up a gallery here. Let’s take a look.
Oskar Kogoj, a worshipper of nature and spirituality, creates truly unforgettable shapes. All his magical items are made from natural materials and carry spiritual messages from old civilisations. Besides their practical worth, each and every one of them also has a deeper meaning and they all radiate a certain positive energy. 
The Goriška Brda Hills
The Goriška Brda Hills are one part of Slovenia which artists just adore. And this is no surprise, since the hilly winegrowing landscape between the Soča Valley and the national border is truly enchanting.
In terms of beauty, the Brda Hills, where a quarter of all Slovenian wine is produced, can easily compete with the much more famous regions of Tuscany and Provence. The area has been described as a green amphitheatre, as the green terraces covered with vineyards really give that impression from afar.


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