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    CAPUCHIN BRIDGE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 28, 2011

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    Here we were in the 1000 year old Town of Skofja Loka, and I had just come across a stone Bridge that was more than 700 years old, wow! and it and the old Town is still standing!

    A stone Bridge with an Arch, pretty, but hard to get a photo of, so I had to walk upstream to take the one I did!

    The fencless, arched, stone Bridge was built in the 14th century over the Selca-Sora River.
    It has a sad story as it was built by Bishop Leopold who also met his fate on this Bridge. He was riding his Horse across the fenceless Bridge, when the Horse was startled and fell over the side and into the River, killing the Bishop.
    Since then, there is iron railing on either side, and in the middle is a statue of St. John of Nepomuk with the seal of Skofja Loka engraved.

    This Bridge connects the "New Town" with the "Old Town."

    St. John of Nepomuk Capuchin Bridge @ Skofja Loka
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    NUN'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Oct 28, 2011

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    In the Old Town, is this old Church of Mary Immaculate or Nun's Church.

    Built in 1358, it is quite a plain Church that has some frescoes that are fading away. One is of the cruxifiction.
    The statue of "Mary" is located in a little alcove in the stone wall, and then I had to climb a stair case to reach the Church.
    In 1782, Klarisa's nunnery which operated under the church complex was dissolved. Interestingly, it was connected to the Castle on top of the Hill

    Nun Underneath the Church
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    CAPUCHIN CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Oct 28, 2011

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    Another interesting Church that is located by the Capuchin Bridge but on the new side of Town, is the Capuchin Church, Library and Monastery. Nowhere near as old as the others, this one was built in 1709 to the "Rules of the Beggar's Order."
    In the Library is a precious manuscript of friar Romuald from 1721 called "The passion of Skofja Loka.
    It is the oldest preserved drama text written in Slovene language. It was performed as passion procession through the streets of Skofja Loka after more than 200 years, and included 600 performer's!

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    SKOFJA LOKA CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Oct 27, 2011

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    I don't think you could miss seeing this Castle that overlooks Skofja Loka.

    Another one, that means an uphill climb, don't worry though, as the walk, even though uphill wasn't that bad as there weren't any step's, just a good, pathed pathway.
    The problem is, after walking to the top, I found the notice with the opening hours, and the Castle was closed! Well, I walked around as much as I could, then headed back to the Town.

    From the year 973 until 1803, the owners of the castle were the Bishops of Freising. They experienced and earthquake in 1511 here, which meant a lot of the Castle had to be renovated and some new buildings were added, like the Tower with Chapel that was built in 1527.
    Then there was remodelling, with the construction of new surrounding residence areas in three levels in the 18th century. From here on, there were many different owner's, and unfortunately, some of history was destroyed.
    The Castle walls, Residential wings, the Four defence Towers are still there.

    Since 1959 the castle has been a local museum showing collection's of items from Skofja Loka and surroundings, archaeological collection, art collection, recent history and more, the website has more details.

    You may get married in the Castle Chapel!

    OPENING DETAILS...........
    The permanent collection, Gallery Loka Museum, the Round Tower

    Tuesday - Sunday: from 10.00 to 6pm ......Closed Monday

    ADMISSION IN 2011.....
    Adults ...4euro .....Children....2.50 euro

    Skofja Loka Castle Skofja Loka Castle The Castle pathway
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    Nace’s house

    by Willettsworld Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nace’s house is a beautiful wooden farm building located in the quiet nearby southern suburb of Puštal and takes about 10 minutes to walk to from Mestni trg. It is one of the oldest wooden houses left standing in Slovenia and as such has become a museum and a monument of the Slovene cultural legacy of national interest. The oldest part is the lower stone storey which is believed to date from the 16th century whilst it’s most eye-catching feature is the baroque wooden upper storey and roof which date from 1755. The floor plan is typical of an Alpine house. On the ground floor there is a hall, “black” kitchen, wooden lower house, a small room and a granary. An almost identical ground plan is repeated on the upper floor, where along the main and front façades, the house is encircled by a promenade balcony with a decorated railing.

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    TIC TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This office is located at Mestni trg 5 and its head of staff is Marko Plesko.

    They are working in a wonderful old building and the office is a great shop for the most perfect gifts e.g. honey, honey-cookies, ceramics, wood objects and many more tempting things....

    They will help you find (a) room(s) at private places.....

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    Kašča, the granary

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    At the end of Spodnji trg, stands an impressive building, Kašča (photo 1). It was the Granary, The Granary was the place where all the taxes collected in kind from the citizens were kept : grains but also ham, eggs, vegetables, etc… Thus, it was a very important place for the city and it was part of the city wall.

    It existed already before the 1511 earthquake. But was completely rebuilt by bishop Philip that added it’s seal on the front (photo 2)

    The back of the granary looks like a strong house, with few and narrow windows. It is now a gallery for the painter Franc Mihelič.

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    Church of Špital

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    Špitalska cerkev (Church of Špital) was first built on the site of a former hospital (hence the name) or poorhouse. It was burnt in the fire that destroyed most of the town but was renewed in 1720. The older parts are Gothic but it was later added Baroque stuccos.

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    Parish Church

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    The Church of Šent Jakob (Saint Jacob) was built in 1471 on the remains of a smaller church from the early Middle-Ages. It figures late Gothic style. It has three naves of the same height and various paintings.

    I have also found a different name for this church : Cerkev Marije Brezmadežne or Nunska cerkev. I do not know what is the right one.

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    The old town seen from the castle

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    Photo 1. After a hundred meter, you get a view on the city wall and on the former ditch, now a lawn.

    Photo 2. A small garden has been arranged between the castle wall and the inner yard.

    Photo 3 and 4. Just before going into the inner yard of the castle, the view on the old town of Škofja Loka shows how the houses are tight one to the other inside the city wall, like a folk of sheep. All houses are covered with red tiles and the roofs are steep, telling that rain and snow are abundant.

    In the background, the little church is Cerkev sv. Križa na Hribcu, better seen on photo 5. It was built between 1710 and 1738. The clocktower was built in 1863.

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    Capuchin’s Church

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    Photo 1 : This modern looking church stands outside the old town, on the modern side of Kamniti most (Capuchin’s bridge). It is Kapucinska cerkev sv. Ane (Capuchin’s Church) and monastery.

    Photo 2 : from Capuchin’s Church, you can reach easily the bridge and the old town.

    Capuchin���s Church Narrow street near Capuchin���s bridge
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    Rotovž

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    Rotovž stands at 35, Mestni trg

    Photo 1. At first sight, the house is not outstanding. The front must have had a lot of paintings but large parts are missing because of previous works. What remains is not in good condition. However, the entrance, on the right of the photo has a great looking stone frame … and the door is not locked, then, let’s peep inside.

    Photo 2. A vaulted passage, painted in white leads to an inner yard.

    Photos 3, 4 and 5 show the small inner yard, framed with superb arcades on three levels. The columns are not plain cylinders but subtilely wider at mid height. Though I had wide angle lens, I was unable to take a photo of the whole yard and had to take several of them. I show here the most significant. The yard is outstanding, with plenty of flowers hanging.

    The explanation is that this house is the former town hall, built in the XVIth. The entrance and the passage leading to the yard are in Gothic style while the courtyard with its arcades are in Renaissance style. Unfortunately, the baroque frescoes on the front, with flowers and human figures are not in good condition. The house was restored in 1972. In my opinion, this is the finest building of the city but you have to go inside to fully appreciate.

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    Štablova hiša

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    Štablova hiša stands at 11 Mestni, trg. It was built in the XVIth in late Gothic style and was added later Renaissance and Baroque architectural elements. The door was locked and I have been unable to see the courtyard, which has arcades.

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    Martinovčkova Hiša and Žigonova Hiša

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    Photo 1 shows Martinovčkova Hiša at 14, Mestni trg and Žigonova Hiša, at 16, Mestni trg. They are better seen on the two following photos.

    Photo 2. Martinovčkova Hiša stands at 14, Mestni trg. It was built in the XVIth as a one level house with two gothic stone portals. It was later added three levels in Baroque style. It was locked and I could not see it courtyard with arcades.

    Photo 3. Žigonova Hiša, stands at 16, Mestni trg, was built in the XVIth as a residential and trade house.

    Photo 4. On the ground level of Žigonova Hiša hangs a nice stylish shop sign for a “frizerski salon” (hair dresser).

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    11, 12, Spodnji trg

    by JLBG Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    Unfortunately, when we were in Škofja Loka, there were road works in Spodnji trg and it was not easy to have a look at the houses. On the photo, houses at 11 and 12 Spodnji trg are historic houses but I will have to come back for a closer look.

    Note that houses on Spodnji trg have two levels while on Mestni trg, they have three. Obviously Mestni trg was a wealthier part of the city.

    11, 12, Spodnji trg
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