St. George's Church

Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia

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.



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Founded: 17th century
Category: Religious sites in Slovenia

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