Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity, Hrastovlje

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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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  • Visited Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity with a guide. Fascinating to hear explanations of the frescoes that cover the entire interior of the church. Setting is also beautiful, in a tiny village ...  more »
  • Hrastovlje is a small pretty village of 140 inhabitants at an altitude of 164 m. But what makes especially its appeal is its fortified church built probably in the 12th century. Outside, she is very special, because it was fortified in 1581 to resist the Ottomans. It is closed to my arrival and a neighbor call the lady who takes care of the visits. She arrived 15 minutes later and opens the door. How wonderful! Its Romanesque interior is completely covered with frescoes relatively undamaged painted by Jean of Kastav and his workshop to 1490. A comic strip representing many passages of the Bible (Creation, Passion of the Christ, lives of the saints, etc. A soundtrack in french, of a dozen minutes, explains clearly all the paintings (the lady who knows it by heart, as and refers to me).
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  • One can reach this church from Skocjan caves in a 30 min drive. To cases, call the number written at the gate, even if it is outside the working hours.  more »