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    St Jakobs

    by solopes Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    Built in 1471, in Baroque style, on the foundations of a small church 200 years older, this church received a new presbytery and bell tower after the earthquake of 1531. The interior was revised by the famous architect Plecnik.

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    Mestni Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 31, 2014

    Mestni Trg is the main square in Skofja Loka. It is where you will find the town hall, a fountain, a and some of Skofja Loka’s painted houses. Most of the buildings on this square were constructed in the early and mid sixteenth century. They were built to replace previous buildings destroyed by a powerful earthquake in 1511.

    Homan House is located at the north end of the square. This manor house was once the home of the painter Ivan Grohar. The square also has a plague column erected to thank the Virgin Mary for deliverance from the last bout of plague in 1751.

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    Pustal

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 5, 2014

    Pustal is a village on the other side of the Poljanska Sora River from Skofja Loka. Pustal has a castle which is more just like a big house. It has a pretty looking hilltop church called the Church of the Holy Cross and it has the Devil’s Footbridge. I would recommend visiting this long wooden bridge as the views from it are very pretty.

    View from the Devil's Bridge The Devil's Bridge Pustal Castle The Church of the Holy Cross The Devil's Footbridge.
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    Skofja Loka Castle

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 5, 2014

    Skofja Loka Castle is an attractive looking building set on a hill. It was closed when we got to it, which did not bother us as we just wanted to look at it from the outside. There were lovely views in both directions from the castle. There was also a little café next to the castle. Skofja Loka Castle was the residence of the Bishops of Friezing from 973 until 1803. The castle has been a museum since 1959.

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    The Capuchin Bridge

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 5, 2014

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    The Capuchin Bridge is a lovely part of town. You have beautiful views up and down the Selska Sora River and if you wander down the river a little, you have a beautiful view back towards the bridge. The bridge was built by Bishop Leopold and dates from the fourteenth century. In the middle of the bridge is statue of saint John of Nepomuk. A saint who met a watery end as I found out when writing my Kranj tips.

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    Old city hall

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    Coming from the 16th century, this wonderful building needing maintenance still shows gothic elements in the facade, though the interior is renaissance. Recovering in 1972 displayed frescoes and many ornamental details inside.

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    Old city

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    The center of town or "old city" is small, but very beautiful, with many classified houses and palaces, surrounded by harmonious constructions. It seems to be the best preserved medieval area in Slovenia.

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    Capuchin's church

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

    Just across the bridge, modernity contrasts with the old image of the city's center. Built in 1709, in Baroque style, its architecture was severely conditioned by the order's austere rules. Around it, modern statues and commercial buildings enhance the contrasts.

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    Capuchins bridge

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    Built in the middle of the 14th century, this stone bridge was restored in 1888 and protected with an iron fence. In the middle there's a statue of St John Nepomuk and the engraved seal of Skofja Loka.

    Capuchin's bridge
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    MEDIEVAL MARKET'S

    by balhannah Updated Oct 28, 2011

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    Lucky me, we were here on a Saturday when the Market's were being held.
    There is a problem, parking is very hard to find! Eventually, we found a carpark in a proper area, and could go to the Market.
    All sorts are for sale, including Slovenian Arts and Crafts, Food and Vegetable's.
    My husband didn't feel like walking, so he watched the children in their traditional dress, do some singing and folk dancing.
    I thought it was pretty good and interesting.

    It was located in the medieval square where the Mark of Mary fountain is located.

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    HOMAN'S HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2011

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    Homan's House is a civil Manor house which was restored after the 1511 earthquake. Of interest, were the frescoes I saw of a medieval Soldier and part ofSaint Christopf. You see, these have been there for a long time, but were only discovered during renovation's in 1970! Luckily, they weren't completely destroyed.
    Now days, we can enjoy a Coffee or a meal here!

    Frescoe's at Homan's House
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    MARK OF MARY

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2011

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    This is the name of a Fountain I saw in the Upper Town Square.
    Mark of Mary was built in the year 1751, as a thank-you for prevention of fire and plague. If you are thirsty, you still can use it for drinking water!

    Mark of Mary
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    THE TOWN SCHOOL

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2011

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    What is interesting about a Town School I hear you say!

    This one, beside ST. Jacob's Church is believed to be the first school, dating to 1538.

    Well, on the outside wall it says.......
    "1627 the Lord of the castle of Stara Loka - Mihael Papler - gave the building beside the Parish church as a present."
    There is the old fresco and it looks to be a "coat of arms," but not one for the Township of Skofja Loka!

    Old School Skofja Loka
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    ST. JACOB'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2011

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    Located in a Square, is St. Jacob’s Church, and, the door's were open!

    This is another Church that didn't look much from the outside, but inside, it was lovely! Looking a bit like a Hall, this 15th century Church is built on the foundations of an older Church.

    Inside, and there are chandeliers and a newish baptistery. On the ceiling were paintings of guild patrons and noblemen who contributed money towards the construction of the Church.
    The Church has used a lot of Black Marble through-out, so is a little different to many I had seen!
    From the outside, I think it is deceiving!

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    SELCA TOWN GATE

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2011

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    This very thick walled Town gate, once protected the City. It is located just inside the old Town where the Capuchin Bridge is. You may walk through it on your way to the Bridge, I did!
    The Town gate leads through narrow Blazeva Street which is an interesting part of the city.

    The road isn't straight, so it has been described in an old Loka Rhyme as........

    "Skofja Loka, a large city has ne’er been, and will ne’er large appear,
    a winding road will take you there, which makes it hard to steer."

    Mmmm!!

    Selca Town Gate
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