A promenade through the historical town begins on Stone bridge or Capuchin’s bridge which takes you to the Upper square. The bridge was built by bishop Leopold in the middle of the 14th century. The fate wanted that the same bishop, riding across the fenceless bridge, together with his startled horse fell from the bridge and got drowned in the water. The bridge was built from carved stone in the semicircular form. It was restored in the year 1888 and equipped with iron fence. In the middle of the bridge statue of saint John of Nepomuk with the seal of Škoja Loka engraved in the socle was set up. In the Middle Ages there was Selca’s gate with its guarding tower by the bridge. With its respectable age of more than 600 years the Capuchin’s bridge is one of the oldest monuments of its architectural kind in the Central Europe.
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!
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
The imposing castle stands above the town - today it is a museum and the site of permanent exhibitions and cultural events .
Old town core is consisted from Upper - Town square called Plac and Lower square called Lontrg both dominated by the Castle of Škofja Loka which bids the visitors welcome at the entrance to the town. It must have been built before the year 1202 because it was described as very firm in the document from the same year. The castle was built by the bishops of Freising and it was the place of administrator of the Loka dominion and of the granary-administrator. It was also lodging for the bishop when he was on leave. The Castle was almost totally demolished in the earthquake in 1511 but it was restored by the bishop Filip. There stood once mighty square tower in the Castle’s courtyard, which ground plan’s sizes are still preserved and restored. Nowadays there is Museum in the Castle, entertainments are held in Castle church and marriages are possible in the Castle, too.
Former northern gate towards the valley Selška dolina were opening in front of Homan House. It is a civil manor house which was restored after the earthquake in the year 1511 which is proved by the year 1529 engraved in the console balcony with stony bearded head and coat-of-arms of Kranj. On the surface frescoes of medieval soldier and saint Christopf are visible. Famous painter impressionist Ivan Grohar (author of "Loka in snow") enjoyed in frequenting the manor house. Today there is a public house in the manor house and the guests are cooled by centenary lime tree.
It must have been built before the year 1202 because it was described as very firm in the document from the same year. The castle was built by the bishops of Freising and it was the place of administrator of the Loka dominion and of the granary-administrator. It was also lodging for the bishop when he was on leave. The Castle was almost totally demolished in the earthquake in 1511 but it was restored by the bishop Filip. There stood once mighty square tower in the Castle’s courtyard, which ground plan’s sizes are still preserved and restored. Nowadays there is Museum in the Castle, entertainments are held in Castle church and marriages are possible in the Castle.
There has been a Capuchin monastery in the town since 1707, which has always been primarily devoted to preaching and confession. In 1721 Fr Romuald Marusic wrote skofjeloski pasijon (“Skofja Loka Passion”): this text for the Good Friday procession is the oldest preserved dramatic work in Slovene. The original is kept, together with numerous old books including a number of incunabula, in the Capuchin library, which is one of the town’s important cultural monuments.
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."
Church of Šentjakob (Saint Jacob) which was built in the year 1471 on the basis of smaller and older church is now reigning on the Cankar’s square. In the year 1532 after the earthquake new presbytery was made and mighty bell tower was constructed. There are valuables like 1694 renaissance altar of Saint Catherine made of black marble and late 17th century paintings of Christ on Mount of Olives. Altars and chandeliers in the interior were changed under the project of architect Jože Pleènik.
The museum is of provincial type,oriented first of all to collecting material from the territory of former Loka dominion under the
power of Freising Bishops.
There are different collection int he museum:
- natural sciences
- fine arts
Open every day except Monday from 9.00 -18.00 .
Entrance fee : adults 600 sit,school children,students 400sit.
Town walls were erected in the 14th century to provide greater safety. Nevertheless, much suffering was endured in the battles for the Celje heritage in the 15th century; the town was threatened by the Turks, and seriously damaged in an earthquake in 1551 and by several fires.
Over 1000 years ago, the Valley Poljanska dolina became part of the Skofja loka feudal estate, the centre of which was the town of Skofja Loka
Skofja Loka and its environs has become an important cultural centre during its history.
Historical development of Skofja Loka, the tradition of crafts, the cullinary artistry of our grandmothers and the unspoilt natural surroundings testfy to the fact that Skofja Loka is a historical, ethnographical, art-historial an cultural jewel in Slovenia's crown
At the end of the squere "Plac", where a footway leads up to the castle, is located this old house. Charasteristic for many Slovenia's houses, particularly those located in villages, are the balconies "Gank" always decorated with flowers
In the Late Middle Ages Skofja Loka experienced in the crafts. Blacksmiths, shoemakers, tailors, furriers, weaver, painters butchers, bakers, potters and stove-makers joined together in fellowships and guilds
The signboards like this one are very frequent point of view
John of Nepomuk or Johann Nepomucen (Czech: Jan Nepomucký) is the most popular national saint of Bohemia. By a legend that he was the confessor of the Queen of Bohemia and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional, he has been made into the first martyr of the seal of confession and a patron against calumnies and, because of the manner of his death, against floods.