The Basilica on Sveta Gora
The impressive basilica of the large pilgrim centre in Sveta Gora near Nova Gorica is a valuable monument of cultural history. The local shepherdess Urška Ferligoj supposedly witnessed a Marian apparition in 1539 in an earlier 14th century church that preceded the present one which was built soon thereafter. From this period, the Late Gothic statue of Mother of God with Jesus Christ, and the famous image of the Queen of the Holy Mountain, made by a Venetian painter, survive. The basilica was completely destroyed in the First World War. The present structure was built from 1924 to 1928 in the Neo-Baroque style. In addition to the remarkable Marian images, visitors can admire the intricately carved ceiling, Stations of the Cross, stained glass windows and the distinct bell tower with a set of magnificent bells.