In 2017 the Ursuline Mothers left Gorizia, after having had a significant impact on the spiritual, cultural and civil life of the Gorizia area for almost three and a half centuries. The heritage of the monastery, however, preserved almost intact despite two world wars, has not left the city, thanks to the contribution of the main institutions active in the area. The historical archive of the monastery is now preserved and can be consulted in the historical archive of the Archdiocese of Gorizia; manuscripts belonging to the library were purchased by the Isontina State Library. The ERPAC FVG - Regional Body for the Cultural Heritage of Friuli Venezia Giulia has instead purchased the picture gallery, an important corpus of eighteenth-century engravings, the furniture of the sacristy of the ancient monastery, together with a decidedly unique textile heritage. This in fact ranges from the most sumptuous sacred vestments, glittering with gold and silver, to the humblest - but always impeccable - evidence of manual work, those that were defined as "womanly works", which the nuns practiced and taught to their pupils. Yes, because the distinctive feature of the Ursulines lay precisely in the vocation to teach, an activity practiced throughout the chronological period of their long, industrious stay in the city.
At the Borgo Castello headquarters of the Gorizia Provincial Museums, a program of exhibitions - which opens on 30 November 2021 and continues until spring 2023 - will make it possible to discover the sectors of the cultural heritage of the Ursulines purchased by ERPAC FVG. The focus of the events will be 2022, the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first nuns in the city.