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Leše above Prevalje, Ambience with the churches of St. Anne (sv Ana) and St. Volbenk (sv. Volbenk)

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Above Leše, at an exceptional location at the end of the cart track, stand two churches: the church of St. Anne with a bell tower is lower down and the church of St. Bolfenk (Volbenk) stands higher up. The whole thing is one of the highest quality medieval ambiences in Slovenia. Both churches were built at the latest in the second half of the 15th century. The lower church, with its Gothic plan, has a narrow presbytery with exterior supports and a nave with a shingled saddle roof. The bell tower is nestled up against the north side of the presbytery. In the nave, the flat, wooden ceiling is painted and dated (1689). The older one was used for the choir loft. The presbytery has stellar vaulting on buttresses. The wall paintings are a bit older, dated 1577. A special feature is the image of the Visitation and Gifts of the Magi, which unfolds as a tapestry in the nave. The frescos are from the 15th century, but they were added to later. The altars were set up in the middle of the 17th century. The group of St. Anne with St. Mary and Jesus in the main altar is of high quality (dated 1644).

The Church of St. Volbenk has a more typically Gothic, slender form, which is accented by its position and the crypt below the altar section. The high quality altars from the 17th century have been redone. The crypt below the rib-vaulted presbytery is divided into three parts with five pairs of eight-sided stone pillars.  The altar is made of stone. This less graceful design likely belongs to the first half of the 18th century. The interior of the church was thoroughly redone in the 19th century.

The key of the church is at a nearby farm.

 


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GPS Northing (N) : 46,5351 
GPS Easting (E) : 14,8889 
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LEŠE

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GPS N: 46,5351
E: 14,8889
Region: Koroška
Place: LEŠE

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