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Architectural sculptures

Our collection houses parts of stone architectural sculptures that were created between the 12th and 15th century for the Stična monastery. Very important are the capitals, bases and columns of the Romanesque double lancet windows, which were carved for the Stična cloister in the third or last quarter of the 12th century. Their discovery in 2002 shows that the Stična cloister was created at the same time as the monastery, while the double lancet windows were located also along the inner side of the cloister which borders on the private garden. The preserved spolias are an excellent example of 12th century ascetic Cistercian architectural sculpture, and their creator most likely followed examples from Burgundy.

A part of an Early Gothic porch with the bust of an angel - who is unfortunately missing its head - carrying an inscription tape is an excellent representation of 13th century sculpture. It was discovered in 1975 during the research works on the old Stična sacristy. It was found in the rubble under the wooden stairs, at the entrance into today's sacristy. A part of the Early Gothic porch with a stonemasonry insignia and original painting was found at the same location.

Gothic arch keystones represent a special group of architectural sculptures, and the keystone with the Turjak coat-of-arms deserves a special mention. This keystone undoubtedly originates from the former Turjak chapel of St. George in which the Turjak counts had their tomb between the end of the 14th and the end of the 15th century.