Notable churches

Dozens of churches are dotted among the Škofja Loka hills and valleys. Many of them are adorned by unique altars, frescoes and glassworks by famous masters, which create an impression on each and every visitor.

 
Church of St. John the Baptist (Suha)

Church of St. John the Baptist (Suha)

In the village of Suha, in the midst of fertile fields, stands a solitary monument, acclaimed for its medieval Slovenian painting from the mid-15th century. The church is adorned by a well-preserved painted Carniolan presbytery with a star-shaped arch and an early-Baroque golden altar from 1672.

Suha, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 51 31 028; +386 (0)41 926 898zupan.matjaz@gmail.comwww.zupnija-suha.net
St. George's Church

St. George's Church

St. George's Church in Stara Loka is one of the oldest churches in Carniola. Through the centuries the church has been rebuilt and changed many times, the most recent being in 1863. Inside the church there are interesting tombstones from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Stara Loka, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 512 1206; +386 (0)31 744 548alojz.snoj@rkc.siwww.zupnija-staraloka.si
St. Jacob's Church

St. Jacob's Church

St. Jacob's Church was built in 1471 on the foundations of a smaller church, at least two hundred years old. It is adorned with reliefs of guilds and altar patrons, the ceiling is decorated with frescoes painted in the 16th century by Jernej from Loka. Worthy of special mention is the black marble Renaissance altar of St. Catherine from 1694 and the picture of Christ on the Mount of Olives dating from the end of the 17th century. The interior of the church, the altars and the chandeliers were remodelled according to a plan by the architect Jože Plečnik.

Cankarjev trg 13, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 512 06 72zupnija.skofja.loka@rkc.si
St. Martin's Church, Žiri

St. Martin's Church, Žiri

St. Martin's Church was built at the start of the 20th century in a neo-Romanesque style and is one of the largest parish churches in Gorenjska. It boasts a 60 metre-high bell tower with five bells and an impressive organ. According to oral tradition, the original church existed as far back as the 9th century, however, there is no proof of this. The church was first mentioned in the Freising deed, dated 3rd May 1384.

Jobstova 34, 4226, Žiri+386 (0)4 51 05 000zupnija.ziri@rkc.siwww.zupnija-ziri.si
Church of the Annunciation of Mary

Church of the Annunciation of Mary

The Church of the Annunciation of Mary is one of the most beautiful pilgrimage churches, which was created over a long period of time from the end of the 13th century to the mid-19th century. On the church's bell tower there is a fresco of St. Christopher from 1863. The church's interior, with its numerous frescoes and golden altar, is of great value.

Crngrob, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 513 16 14; +386 (0)4 512 12 06alojz.snoj@rkc.siwww.zupnija-staraloka.si
Church of the Holy Cross

Church of the Holy Cross

The Baroque Church of the Holy Cross was built at the start of the 18th century on a small hill above Puštal. In addition to the main altar, which is the work of the Ljubljana Franciscan carving workshop, it is also adorned with frescoes and paintings. Along the path which leads up to the church there are 12 shrines of the Stations of the Cross.

Puštal, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 512 21 54; +386 (0)4 512 06 72zupnija.skofja.loka@rkc.si
St. Anthony's Church, Železniki

St. Anthony's Church, Železniki

The church was built in 1874 in a neo-Renaissance style according to plans by F. Faleschini and has been entirely renovated. It is situated in the central square, which locals call 'Na Plac'. The bell tower is covered with slate, which was the predominant roof covering characteristic in the Selca valley up until the mid-20th century. The church is adorned by numerous altars and frescoes.  

Trnje 23, 4228, Železniki+386 (0)4 51 02 100zupnija.zelezniki@rkc.siwww.obcestvo.si
St. Ana's Church on Ledinica

St. Ana's Church on Ledinica

St. Ana's Church was built in the 17th century on the foundations of the original church. The church is known for its mighty bells and its good internal acoustics, hence there are often choir concerts organised.

Ledinica, 4226, Žiri+386 (0)4 51 05 000zupnija.ziri@rkc.siwww.zupnija-ziri.si
St. Martin's Church, Poljane

St. Martin's Church, Poljane

St. Martin's Parish Church in Poljane was first mentioned in 1291. Due to damage between the wars, it was knocked down and in 1967 a new church was built in a different location but with the same name, according to plans by the architect Anton Bitenc. It is a modernist church with elements of a traditional architectural style.

Predmost 50, 4223, Poljane nad Škofjo Loko+386 (0)4 518 50 00
Špital and the Špital Church of Our Lady of Sorrows

Špital and the Špital Church of Our Lady of Sorrows

This former workhouse in the 'Lontrg' Lower Square (Spodnji trg) was built in 1547. It was established with the intention that it would house the town's poor and lame. Špital was damaged by a fire which completely destroyed 'Lontrg' in 1698, but was later renovated in 1720. Within Špital there is a simple Baroque church, built in 1710, with a richly decorated interior.

Spodnji trg, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 512 06 72zupnija.skofja.loka@rkc.si
Nun's Church (The Church of Mary Immaculate)

Nun's Church (The Church of Mary Immaculate)

The Church of Mary Immaculate lies beneath Loka Castle and is also connected to it. Built in 1358, its Baroque image dates from 1669 when it was renovated following a fire. The interior contains valuable tombs, a Baroque stone pulpit and a relief of the crucifixion on the facade. Following reform in 1782, Clarisa's nunnery, which operated as part of the church, was dissolved and it was taken over by Ursulines who opened a girls' school within the castle.

Klobovsova ulica, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 512 24 93
Church of St. John the Baptist, Gorenja vas

Church of St. John the Baptist, Gorenja vas

The beginnings of the church date back to the 14th century, although it was not first mentioned until 1623. Where once an old building stood, a new church was built in the mid-17th century. Towards the end of the 20th century it was painted using a true fresco technique. The historian Valvasor also wrote about the Church of St. John the Baptist in the village of Sestranska with three altars and the brotherhood of St. Anthony of Padua.

Trata 8, 4224, Gorenja vas+386 (0)4 518 17 00zupnija.trata@amis.net
Capuchin Church

Capuchin Church

The Capuchin Church, with its library and monastery, was built in the Baroque era in 1709. The main altar has a picture of St. Ana, a work of the Venetian school from the 18th century. The library contains incunabula and old religious books, as well as the valuable manuscript of the Škofja Loka Passion from 1721, which is the oldest entirely preserved dramatic text in Slovene language.

Kapucinski trg 1, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 506 3000; +386 (0)4 512 09 70kapucini.loka@rkc.siwww.kapucini.si/skofja-loka
St. Volbenk's Church

St. Volbenk's Church

St. Volbenk's Pilgrimage Church stands above the Poljane Sora river. It was built in the second half of the 17th century and has fortified surrounding walls and two bell towers. The three altars are Baroque, of special value are the altar pictures, the work of the Šubic family of painters from Poljane. From the church Tavčar Manor is clearly visible standing in the valley in the embrace of nature.

Log pri Škofji Loki, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 518 5000