As we left Novo Mesto and travelled towards Brezice, we happened to see a bright yellow Church in the middle of the fields.
It was so bright!.... So different to home, so we drove along the roadway to have a look. Surrounding the Church was a beautifully kept cemetery, each grave had a little well cared for garden.
I can't help thinking this is a lovely idea, one I wish we had, instead of vases which get broken!
While we were there, a couple came with some plants, and went to a grave and planted them.
They looked at us, and must have wondered what we were doing there!~
The main market was a interesting to walk around. Located here are many buildings that once belonged to rich merchants who built a special type of house with an arcaded stone front.
In the second half of the 16th century, this Market was one of the most beautiful in the country.
It is here, where you will find the Tourist information centre.
In this area around Novo Mesto, we found some interesting Farms and Houses.
We saw farm houses and buildings built in traditional style, and we saw the local people heading into town by Horse and cart.
By the houses, were hay racks and crops growing, there didn't seem to be the machinery around that we have at home.
Farming here, looks unhurried! I also felt like it was stepping back in time to how we were years ago, it just hasn't changed here!
Otocec Castle is the only water castle in Slovenia, and it stands on one of the islands of the Krka River.
The beginning of the castle goes back to the 13th century, in the year 1252.
The Second World War, and Castle Otocec was destroyed by fire from the partisans, and in that time, precious archives were destroyed.
Now days, Otocec Castle is a "posh" Hotel. We asked reception if we could have a look in the courtyard, and that was quite ok.
With its round towers and nice red roof, lovely gardens, and the River Krka, it is set in a lovely setting, no wonder it is quite popular for wedding parties. Just across the road, is a very nice big parkland.
After I had crossed the river bridge into the old part of Novo Mesto, I turned to the left and entered Breg street.
What a picture this street, and another close by were. The homes were quite old, and all joined together, and painted in different colours. There were flower pots, and narrow lanes, I just thought these homes were rather quaint!
The Church of the Chapter, is one of the oldest preserved architectural and cultural monuments in Novo Mesto. The present church has a bell tower, nave and altar and crypt.
It was in 1493 that Emperor Frederick III founded the church collegiate chapter, and so the church became "the church of the Chapter."
The Chapter had 13 Canons.
A nice stone Church from the outside, and inside there was the main Altar, and many others, quite beautiful!
Its declared a cultural monument of local importance.
The Church of St.. Leonard was built between 1478 & 1487, then was burnt to the ground in 1664.
It has been rebuilt and added to over the centuries.
Most of the interior work was done by the Franciscan brothers themselves in the 18th century, when the monastery had a carving work shop. Wooden Baroque altar furnishings replaced the stone altars in the 19th & 20th centuries.
The ceiling is decorated, and there are quite a few wonderful paintings.
This Church has been declared a cultural monument of local importance.
This un-imposing monument in the main square, opposite the Town Hall, is the spot where they hanged partisans in autumn 1943. The Gothic pillar, is in my photo between the Trees.
This is also a cultural monument of local importance.
Those hanged were Francis Janc and Alojz Hacin.
Not be able to read Slovenian, I wondered about these monuments. I have since found out, that I was in a Memorial complex dedicated to the fallen national heroes of Novo mesto and Dolenjske, at the site of the former "Ljubljana" gate.
The complex has busts of Boris Kidric, and Franc Franc Rozman Potocarja-Lazar, and bronze sculpture, song and freedom hostage. The entire complex was built in 1953.
The City town hall is located in the main square, and is an architecturaly beautiful building.
It was built in 1905, on the site where the Old town hall once stood.
It has wrought iron stairwell railing, chandeliers, doors and windows and stoves in the hall of the gallery.
On the outside, it features the Novo mesto town crest which depicts its founder, Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria.
It's also declared a cultural monument of national importance.
As we had parked our car in a car-park on the opposite side of the River to the old Town, I walked across the Iron Bridge, known as Kandijski Bridge This Bridge was built in 1898, replacing an old wooden Bridge. It crosses the River Krka in one piece, with a 75 m long arc, it's a rare and oldest type of structure in Slovenia.
The Bridge has been declared a cultural monument of local importance.
The Krka river winds its way through Novo Mesto. This River is unusual, as it is the only Slovene river that forms tufa in its riverbed.
Novo mesto was formed around one of the most distinctive bends of the River. Along the side, I found walkways, and I walked a little while, enjoyed the views of the old homes on the other side of the River. A lot of rain had fallen overnight, so the river was dirty, that was a shame, even so, it still was worth viewing. The Krka is among richest Slovenian rivers for fish, animals and aquatic bird species.
When visiting Novo Mesto a must see the beautiful church of St. Nicholas, which is situated on the top of the hill above the Main Square.
you can see very quickly this village but you cab also take the time to enjoy all buildings and this church (crkv)