Sacral heritage

Author: Aleš Košir

The Church of St. Leonard in Jesenice

The Church of St. Leonard is the sanctuary for those humbled by the power of a religious building. And for those who want to bow down before history ...

It was built at the beginning of Murova, the oldest part of Jesenice. It is first mentioned in 1460. It was consecrated to Saint Mary Magdalene and only later to Saint Leonard. It was built in the Gothic style, and in the 18th century, the walls of the presbytery were covered with Baroque decorations. The church has been renovated and reconstructed several times. Today it is considered one of the most beautiful sacral buildings in Jesenice.

The Church of St. Ingenuin and St. Albuin in Koroška Bela

It was tested in natural catastrophes. Once it was razed to the ground. Now it stands proudly above the village.

The Church of St. Ingenuin and St. Albuin in Koroška Bela, the work of the architect Matija Persky, is an example of sacral architecture from the second half of the 18th century that reveals an interesting combination of both Austrian Baroque building patterns and the Roman Baroque architectural tradition. The predecessor of the current parish church was built in Gothic style in 1361 and dedicated to St. Ingenuin and St. Albuin. In 1754, it was demolished due to dilapidation. The new church building was engulfed in a fire shortly before its consecration in 1761. The present church was consecrated only ten years later, on September 3, 1771, by the Bishop of Ljubljana, Karel Count Herberstein. The interior is adorned with altars and a wealth of wall paintings of various art-historical periods. The most interesting frescoes are from the first half of the 20th century. They were created by the famous Slovenian painter Matej Sternen.

Church of the Assumption of Mary on Stara Sava in Jesenice

On Candlemas, as the tradition wills, all the candles in the church are blessed ...

The church was built by the Bucelleni’s and consecrated by the Bishop of Ljubljana Tomaž Hren in 1606. It is known for its high altar, made of black marble. Until its closure in the 1950s, it was decorated by paintings, made by Venetian painter Nicolo Grassi (1682-1748), author of three altar paintings: St. Mary's Assumption, Mary of Rosary with St. Dominic and Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony the Great with an antique martyr.

The Church of the Holy Cross in Planina pod Golico

It is different now under Golica,
the bell of the Holy Cross is ringing.
Memories of times past,
remember the black miners ...

The church of the Holy Cross from the 17th century, built for local miners and with its own priest since 1844, when locals could go to mass in their own church, is the heart of the village of Planina pod Golico (before that, they went to mass in the church in Jesenice). In 1899, the town was elevated to parish status. Today, the church is restored and well-maintained and serves its purpose. It is built in a simple Baroque form with an interesting bell tower. The cemetery, located next to the church, also houses the grave of the famous Slovenian mountaineer and mountain rescuer, Joža Čop.

The Church of St. Stephen in Blejska Dobrava

The family of France Prešeren left traces in the village and on the church... they still live here.

It is the oldest building in the village. The church was originally built in the Gothic style but was rebuilt in 1743 in a Baroque style. There are also two side altars from the 18th century. A wall around the church encloses an old, abandoned graveyard. Only a few graves remain, among them the tomb of Prešeren’s sisters, Katra and Jera with a tombstone built into the church facade.