The famous Sveta Gora pilgrimage site is closely connected with the Franciscans, who were expelled from there several times, but always found their way back. The pilgrimage church was first assigned to the Franciscans in 1565, however, they were forced to leave it in 1786 following Joseph II's reform and closure of the pilgrim's route. The pilgrim's route was soon restored, but the Franciscans did not return to Sveta Gora until 1901. With their help, the prestige of the pilgrim's route was considerably enhanced, however, this positive period was interrupted by World War I, which left the place of pilgrimage in ruins and drove the Franciscans into exile. Ever since the post-war renovation, when the first ones to settle in the restored monastery were the Italian Franciscans, the monastery on Sveta Gora has been the heart of this popular pilgrimage site. The monastery now houses a Marian Museum, an interesting religion-related collection, which illustrates the turbulent history of the pilgrim's route development, among other things.
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