Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity, Hrastovlje

Holy Trinity Church is a historical building in Hrastovlje, a village in southwestern Slovenia. There are two hypotheses about its origin. According to the first, it is a Romanesque church from the 12th century. According to the second, it is an example of the Istrian variant of Early Venetian Renaissance architecture from the 15th century. The church stands behind a wall that the local population built to protect itself from Turkish attacks in the 16th century. Such defensive architectures are found throughout the territory settled by Slovenians and are called tabor.HistoryThe church and wall were built on bare rock, and for this reason do not have deep foundations. The church is built mostly out of stone, as is typical for the entire coastal region. The stones were never entirely covered in an outer layer of plaster, and it is thus possible to see how the church was built. One can see that top of the church spire was rebuilt at some time, although it is not known why. The church is topped with tiles made of thick plates. These are characteristic for older roofs in the Mediterranean region.The church has only 2 windows (a third window was walled up in the past) as a result of the local weather conditions. In summer, a room with a small window was protected from the sun, while in winter it was protected from the bora. Because of the low number of windows, the inside of the church is however very dark. In 1896, a hole was knocked in the northern wall to create a new window, but unfortunately some of the frescoes in the church were destroyed at the same time.
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  • The Church of Hrastovlje with its marvellous cycle of frescoes worth a detour from the beaten routes of Slovenia. La danse macabre is suggestive, but is only a small part of the cycle: interesting are also the cycle of the months and the stories from the Bible. Arrived on site, we called the number listed on the sign in the portal is after a few minutes we reached a lady who also speaks Italian. She explained herself the cycle. Highly recommended!
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  • We were recommended to visit this church by our hotel on the coast and we so glad we went, as we would otherwise probably never have heard about it. And missed a true delight. Although it was locked o...  more »
  • The walled Church in "tabor" is located in a small village in the Slovenian, a short drive from the coast and very well signposted from the cartels. The frescoes inside are ancient and wonderful (not only the dance of death, which is still the most significant), with the representation of the basic steps of the Bible. Very nice the guy inside the Church, which he offered to explain (in Italian) the meanings of the various works without that ask him for anything. The entrance ticket is €3.00; You cannot take pictures inside but they are available for sale books and postcards. Open until 17.00 at weekends (in the summer I guess the timetable is wider), but with aperture calls after hours. There is a taxi rank just above the Gostilna Svab, 5 minute walk either.
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