Florian was born in 250 AD and as a soldier, he rose to the position of chief of the fire brigade. Later he became a Christian and professed his faith, so he was sentenced to to burned at the stake. But the soldiers had trouble to light the fire and Florian had to be executed by drowning in the river Enns (in Austria). His body was found and buried on the spot where the St. Florian monastery stands today.
Today St. Florian is patron saint of the firefighters. This statue in Turje was erected a long time ago, probably in the 18th century, after a great fire that destroyed parts of the village. Since then, Florian is looking after Turje :-).
This church is one of the oldest and best preserved church of the Order of Premontre, built in its current form around 1230 in early gothic style.
The original building underwent a significant restoration in the 18th century when baroque
style frescoes were painted by Istvan Dorffmeister. During the latest renovation a medieval wall painting was found, depicting the legend of St. Laszlo, a Hungarian saint king.
In Turje, most families have a smaller or bigger vineyard in the surrounding hills ("on the Hill", one would say). The view is pretty from most of these places, particularly because the church dominates the landscape, and quite good wines might be found. I liked very much when we went there to work in the vineyard, because my grandma often made "pogacsa" (like salty scones) and I could eat grapes and walnuts and apples and anything I could find, and we were together.
Turje is indeed famous for its church: it's an impressive brick building (brick was rarely used as construction material in the Middle Ages), visible from long distances and a great symbol of the village.
On the picture you can see the old clocks that were removed from the towers and replaced by new ones a few years ago.
Close to the church, there is a pleasant playground with nice hand-carved wooden equipment. It looks interesting and it's fun for kids and even for adults.