Religious sites in Slovenia

St. Peter's Church

St. Peter"s Parish Church is one of the oldest churches in Ljubljana. The original church at the site was presumably built near the city walls already at the turn of the 9th century on the order of Paulinus II, the Patriarch of Aquilea. It was the seat of the Primitive Parish of Ljubljana. The church was encircled by a cemetery that was the main town cemetery until 1779, when it was abandoned. The current building w ...
Founded: 1730-1733 | Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Kostanjevica Monastery

Kostanjevica Franciscan Monastery with the Church of the Annunciation of Our Lady stands on a hill dividing the town of Nova Gorica and the suburb of Pristava. It is located just some 200 meters from the border with Italy. It is famous as the burial place of Charles X of France and his family. In 1623 as small Carmelite sanctuary was erected just outside the limits of the town of Gorizia. In the next hundred years, a mon ...
Founded: 1623 | Location: Nova Gorica, Slovenia

St. Bartholomew's Church

St. Bartholomew's Church is one of the oldest church buildings in Ljubljana. The church was first mentioned in 1370, when in front of it a peace treaty between the Doge of Venice and Leopold III and Albert III of Habsburg was concluded by their representatives on 30 October 1370, in which the Austrians agreed to return the city of Trieste for the compensation of 75,000 florins. In 1526, its valuables were donated to a fu ...
Founded: 1370 | Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Visitation of Mary Church

Visitation of Mary Church was already recorded on Rožnik Hill in a 1526 document, stating that it had to provide a copper chalice and three pounds of hellers for the war effort. This church was razed in 1740, and a new church was built in 1746 according to plans by Candido Zulliani (1712–1769) and consecrated by Bishop Ernest Attems (1742–1757) in 1747. The church was damaged by artillery fire during the Nap ...
Founded: 1746 | Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Miren Castle Church

Miren Castle hill was once occupied by a castle; it is currently dominated by a collection of ecclesiastical buildings. The origins of Miren Castle is an tale which is famous among the citizens of Miren. Long ago there lived a noble and glorious king known as Miren. He was a man of a kind heart who built the settlement of Miren to serve as homes for peasants who were struggling from poverty. Now he is regarded as an ancie ...
Founded: 1886 | Location: Miren, Slovenia

St. Oswald's Church

Mentioned at the beginning of the 16th century, St. Ožbolt (Oswald) church has been renovated in the Baroque style in the 17th century and remodelled in 1844.
Founded: 16th century | Location: Spodnje Gorje, Slovenia

Zice Charterhouse

The Žiče Charterhouse was a Carthusian monastery founded between 1155 and 1165 by Ottokar III of Styria, the Margrave of Styria. It was the first Carthusian monastery in the German sphere of influence of the time, and also the first outside France or Italy. The monastery also had one of the first pharmacies in what is now Slovenia. The monastery was settled by Carthusian monks from the Grande Chartreuse in France, whic ...
Founded: 1155-1190 | Location: Žiče, Slovenia

Sticna Abbey

Stična Abbey is the oldest monastery in the territory of today"s Slovenia. It is the only Cistercian one in the country that still operates. The abbey foundation charter was issued in 1136 by Pellegrinus I., Patriarch of Aquileia, although monastic conventual life had begun a year earlier, in 1135. The monastery at Stična quickly became important religious, cultural and economic centre. As well as an ordinary ...
Founded: 1136 | Location: Stična, Slovenia

Church of Mary's Annunciation

The Church of Mary’s Annunciation is not only an architectural masterpiece; it has a variety of multilayered paintings as well. At the entrance façade there are several fragments from the Passion of Christ. The workshop from Friuli followed the painter Giotto"s style in the late 14th century. A magnificent image of the Holy Sunday from the workshop of Janez of Ljubljana dating from 1460 is severely damag ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Skofja Loka, Slovenia

St. Nicholas Church

Succursal Church of St. Nicholas in Mevkuž was built in the Gothic style (16th century) and has a Baroque bell tower. The Gothic presbytery is preserved.
Founded: 16th century | Location: Mevkuž, Slovenia

Jurkloster Monastery

Jurklošter settlement was first attested around 1145. It was the site of a large charterhouse (Carthusian monastery), of which the parish church, a later mansion and a defence tower remain. The monastery was founded in the 12th century. The church is dedicated to Saint Maurice and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje.
Founded: c. 1170 | Location: Jurklošter, Slovenia

St. Margaret's church

Parish Church of St. Margaret in Bohinjska Bela was built at the beginning of the 17th century in the Renaissance style and was renovated in the Baroque style in the 18th century. It includes paintings by Anton Jebačin from 1907.
Founded: 17th century | Location: Bohinjska Bela, Slovenia

Pleterje Charterhouse

Pleterje Charterhouse is the only extant monastery of Carthusian order in Slovenia. The monastery was founded in 1403 by Count Hermann II of Celje, and its construction completed by 1407. In 1471 an Ottoman raid destroyed the buildings, which were reconstructed in a much stronger and more easily defensible manner. After a long period of decline Archduke Ferdinand II of Inner Austria gave the monastery in 1595 to the Jesu ...
Founded: 1403 | Location: Drča, Slovenia

St. Leonard's Church

The Church of St. Leonard includes a Gothic star-shaped arched presbytery and frescoes from the first half of the 15th century, the nave with frescoes dates from the beginning of the 16th century.
Founded: 15th century | Location: Bodešče, Slovenia

St. Stephen's Church

Kupljenik village is on the old pilgrimage path. The Gothic church dedicated to St. Stephen from the Middle Ages still stands in its centre.
Founded: | Location: Kupljenik, Slovenia

St. George's Church

Originally Gothic, in the 17th century the Parish Church of St. George was rebuilt in the Baroque style and in 1894 it was renovated in the neo-Romanesque style. Frescoes by Matija Koželj and paintings by Janez Šubic and Leopold Layer can be seen here.
Founded: 17th century | Location: Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia

St. John's Church

Parish Church of St. John the Baptist in Zasip was first mentioned in the 13th century, but is probably even older. Its core is a Gothic building, although it was renovated to a large extent in the Baroque style in 1778. For many centuries, the patrons of the parish were the Lambergar family who lived in the Kamen Castle near Begunje. Paintings by L. Layer and the tombstone of Count Lamberg can be seen here.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Zasip, Slovenia

Murska Sobota Cathedral

Murska Sobota Cathedral site was originally occupied by Roman temples. The first church here was built of wood from 1071, shortly after the Hungarians who had settled here converted to Christianity. Murska Sobota developed into a religious centre during the Middle Ages. The medieval second cathedral of 1350 was replaced in 1912 by the present Neo-Romanesque building, which includes some decorative elements of the Jugends ...
Founded: 1912 | Location: Murska Sobota, Slovenia

St. Jacob's Church

The Church of St. Jacob in Ribno dates from 1400. the Baroque presbytery is from the second half of the 15th century with Gothic frescoes from around 1500. The church includes a Gothic star-shaped arched presbytery and frescoes from the first half of the 15th century, the nave with frescoes dates from the begining of the 16th century.
Founded: 1400 | Location: Ribno, Slovenia

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Soave Castle

Soave castle was built in 934 to protect the area against the Hungarian invasions. It was remodelled by Cansignorio of the Scaliger family in the mid-1300s. in 1365 Cansignorio had the town walls erected and the Town hall was built in the same year.

The castle underwent various vicissitudes until, having lost its strategic importance, it was sold on the private market in 1596. In 1830 it was inherited by Giulio Camuzzoni who restored the manor and in particular the surroundings walls (with is twenty-four towers), the battlements and living-quarters.

Soave castle is a typical medieval military edifice, commanding the neighbourhood of the city from the Tenda Hill. It comprises a mastio (donjon) and three lines of walls forming three courts of different size. The outer line, with a gate and a draw bridge, is the most recent, built by the Venetians in the 15th century. It houses the remains of a small church from the 10th century.

The second and larger court, the first of the original castle, is called della Madonna for a fresco portraying St. Mary (1321). Another fresco is visible after the door leading to the inner court, and portrays a Scaliger soldier. The mastio is the most impressive feature of the castle. Bones found within showed it was used also as prison and place of torture.

The House called del Capitano (the Scaliger commander) houses Roman coins, weapons parts, medals and other ancient remains found during the most recent restoration. Adjacent is a bedroom with a 13th-century fresco with St. Mary and Madeleine and a dining room with medieval kitchenware. Another room houses the portraits of the most famous Scaliger figures: Mastino I, Cangrande, Cansignorio and Taddea da Carrara, wife of Mastino II; the portrait of Dante Alighieri testify an alleged sojourn of the poet in the castle.