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Nova Gorica
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From top, left to right: Nova Gorica from air, Railway station, Slovene-Italian border, Nova Gorica Mosaic, Bevk Square, Kostanjevica Monastery
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Nova Gorica
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°57′21″N13°38′36″E / 45.95583°N 13.64333°E / 45.95583; 13.64333
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Slovenian Littoral
Statistical region Gorizia
Municipality Nova Gorica
  Total3.49 km2 (1.35 sq mi)
93.4 m (306.4 ft)
 (2023) [1]
  Density3.7/km2 (9.7/sq mi)
  Trans-border urban
Postal code
Vehicle registration GO
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Nova Gorica railway station "Transalpina"

Nova Gorica (pronounced [ˈnɔ̀ːʋaɡɔˈɾìːtsa] [2] ) is a town in western Slovenia, on the border with Italy. It is the seat of the Municipality of Nova Gorica. Nova Gorica is a planned town, built according to the principles of modernist architecture after 1947, when the Paris Peace Treaty established a new border between Yugoslavia and Italy, leaving nearby Gorizia outside the borders of Yugoslavia and thus cutting off the Soča Valley, the Vipava Valley, the Gorizia Hills and the northwestern Karst Plateau from their traditional regional urban centre. Since 1948, Nova Gorica has replaced Gorizia as the principal urban center of the Gorizia region (Slovene : Goriška), as the northern part of the Slovenian Littoral has been traditionally called. [3]


Since May 2011, Nova Gorica has been joined with Gorizia and Šempeter-Vrtojba in a common trans-border metropolitan zone, administered by a joint administration board. [4]


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View of Nova Gorica and Solkan

The name Nova Gorica means 'new Gorizia'. The origin of the name Gorizia/Gorica itself is Slavic. The common local term for the town is Gorica (i.e., without the modifier nova 'new'), while residents tend to refer to the neighboring Italian town as Stara Gorica (i.e., 'old Gorizia'). This use is also reflected in Slovenian license plates (GO for Gorica), as well as in the name of the local association football club ND Gorica. The word gorica is a diminutive form of the Slovene common noun gora 'hill'. In archaic Slovene, it also meant 'vineyard'. It is a common toponym in Slovenia and in other areas of Slovene settlement, as well as more generally in areas that have or historically had a Slavic-speaking population.


In 1947, following World War II, Italy signed a peace treaty with the Allies, including Socialist Yugoslavia. The treaty transferred most of the Slovene-inhabited areas of the Province of Gorizia to Yugoslavia. The town of Gorizia itself, however, remained under Italian rule. The new border cut the city off from its northern and eastern suburbs. Around 40% of the municipality's territory was transferred to Yugoslavia, including the suburbs of Solkan, Šempeter, Kromberk, Rožna Dolina, and Pristava. Together, these areas had a population of around 10,000 (almost exclusively Slovenes, with a tiny Friulian-speaking minority), or around one fifth of the municipality's population. However, they lacked a cohesive structure, and were poorly connected. In order to overcome this problem, the Communist authorities of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia decided to build a new settlement that would connect these suburbs into a new urban space. The new town was called Nova Gorica or "New Gorizia". The project had the personal backing of Marshal Tito, Yugoslavia's Communist leader. The project was commissioned to the Slovenian architect Edvard Ravnikar, a former pupil of Le Corbusier. The first projects were laid out in winter of 1947, and the construction began at the beginning of the following year.

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1969 postcard of Nova Gorica

The city was formally established as an urban municipality in 1952, incorporating the older settlements of Solkan, Kromberk and Rožna Dolina, which thus became, somewhat reluctantly, suburbs of Nova Gorica. The building of the town continued throughout the 1950s and 1960s, reaching the current extent by the mid-1980s. In the early 1990s, all of the aforementioned older suburbs acquired again the status of independent settlements. This was however a purely symbolic act that only affected the official statistics on population: because of this, Nova Gorica dropped from the list of 10 largest towns in Slovenia. It nevertheless remains the second largest urban conglomeration in western Slovenia, after Koper.


Climate data for Nova Gorica (1991–2020 normals, extremes 1950–2020)
Record high °C (°F)19.0
Mean daily maximum °C (°F)8.4
Daily mean °C (°F)3.8
Mean daily minimum °C (°F)0.5
Record low °C (°F)−13.2
Average precipitation mm (inches)93
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)1099131414131112131411145
Mean monthly sunshine hours 105.9131.5173.7192.9235.6258.4303.0287.4200.7150.398.296.12,233.7
Source 1: Slovenian Environment Agency [5]
Source 2: NOAA (sun 1991–2020) [6]

Culture and education

Nova Gorica hosts one of the three national theatres in Slovenia. The Goriška Museum  [ sl ] is also located in the town's Kromberk district, hosted in Kromberk Castle.

The University of Nova Gorica is located in the suburb of Rožna Dolina. The Nova Gorica Grammar School, located in the city centre, is one of the most renowned high schools in Slovenia.

The cultural magazine Razpotja is published in Nova Gorica.

Kostanjevica Hill

To the south of the town stands Kostanjevica Hill, home to the Church of the Annunciation of Our Lady and a 17th-century Franciscan monastery with rich treasures from the past. [7] The last members of the Bourbons, the French royal family, are buried in a crypt beneath the church (Charles X himself, and members of his family and entourage including his son Louis-Antoine de France, and his grandson Henri d'Artois, nephew of Louis (neither Louis-Antoine nor Henri ever reigned as kings)). He fled France following the revolution in 1830, finding refuge in Gorizia, and eventually died there. Also buried there is Pierre Louis Jean Casimir de Blacas, a Bourbon nobleman who also died in exile (in 1839). [8]

Sveta Gora

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Nova Gorica viewed from Sveta Gora

Opposite Kostanjevica Hill, north of the town is the settlement of Sveta Gora with Holy Mount (Slovene : Sveta gora ) a 682-meter (2,238 ft) peak that has attracted pilgrims for 450 years. The view from there is exceptional, and on a clear day visitors can see as far as Istria, Venice, the Dolomites, and the Kamnik and Julian Alps. The mountain top is home to a magnificent basilica, where concerts are occasionally held, a Franciscan monastery, and a museum of the Battles of the Isonzo.


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