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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  • August 14, 2017
    We visited this in our exploration of Karst region. It's an amazing little church with an excellent preserved fresco. The tour guide is knowledgable and talks you through the key elements. If you are ...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    We enjoyed driving out to this site to see the church and the paintings. It is set on a slight hill overlooking a sunny, green valley. The church building itself is quite impressive, looking like a sm...  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    This is a very interesting place and certainly worth the trip to it by car (public transport is impossible). A fortified church is already unusual but the frescos on the inside are certainly special. ...  more »

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