At the foot of Mount Rombon and Kanin, on a sheep pasture, a wayside family shrine was erected, which was gradually turned into a chapel. It is defined by the dynamic topography at the estuary of a meander which comes to a stand-still on a small terrace under the northern slope. This is where the holy place of the chapel is located, separated from the outer space with three walls which follow the contours of the terrain.
The architectural shell thus organically fits the location and yet also maintains a dynamic dialogue with it, as the vertical tower leads dialogue with the skyline of the mountain tops in the background. The design allows for windows to open towards the three points of the compass: towards the East for the first rays of sunshine, towards the South for the main entrance, towards the West for the inner passageway. That the structure is both tripartite and a triad has symbolic connotations, touching upon the Christian as well as universal spiritual history of mankind, interpreted also through a visual-arts language in the painting on the chapel’s inner walls. Its triptych is dedicated to the “Good Shepherd”.
An important element of this spiritual shrine is the wooden roofing, whose design is based on the volume of a traditional Bovec house, but it is at the same time completely original in its dynamic form. When we calm down and listen carefully, it can whisper ancient tales about Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the whale, the Faronika fish...You are welcome to enter, traveler!
IN MEMORY OF Good Shepherd's Chapel started to be built in gratitude by David Ostan and his familiy in 2008. The construction was financed with funds, received in the process of denationalisation of the hotel Ostan, owned by his grand parents Meri and Domicijan Ostan. The chapel was blessed by Father Viljem Čušin from Bovec on May the 7th in 2017.