Religious tourism

Slovenia boasts a very well preserved cultural heritage, a large part of which consists of churches and other religious buildings. Churches of various periods can be seen in Slovenia:

- Ancient Early Christian basilicas,
- Pre-Romanesque chapels,
- Gothic and Renaissance churches,
- Baroque and Neo-Romanesque churches,
- Modern churches.

Hilltop churches are a special feature of Slovenia. Religious communities are another important element of religious heritage. Slovenia still has more than 30 active monasteries/friaries and five active convents.

Slovenia has many pilgrimage centres where, throughout history, people have come together on specific days to fortify themselves through faith, prayer and devotional songs. Pilgrimage centres are thus places where people draw new strength. They help believers deepen their ties with God, while to non-believers they offer a wealth of historical and artistic sights of interest. The following are the most important pilgrimage centres in Slovenia:

- Brezje – the Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians contains a famous painting of the Virgin and Child by Leopold Layer of Kranj. Around 300,000 believers visit Brezje each year.

- Ptujska Gora – the most important pilgrimage route in the Štajerska region. The Gothic church with its early fifteen-century image of the Virgin Protectress with her Mantle is one of Slovenia's most beautiful churches. It receives over 60,000 visitors every year. Ptujska Gora is also a popular destination for hikers and cyclists.

- Sveta Gora above Solkan – the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption is Slovenia's oldest pilgrim church, built in a style between Gothic and Renaissance. Besides Slovenes, this 16th-century church receives many pilgrims from Friuli and elsewhere in Italy.

Two other important pilgrim churches are Velesevo and Crngrob. Other important centres of pilgrimage are monasteries:

- Stična – Slovenia's oldest monastery (founded in 1132), home to a community of Cistercians or White Monks. Contains the largest collection of medieval manuscripts, including the fifteenth-century Stična Manuscript, one of the earliest documents written in Slovene.

- Pleterje Charterhouse – founded in the 15th century, Pleterje is the only still active Carthusian monastery in Slovenia. There is an open-air museum in front of the monastery complex.

A number of pilgrimage routes lead to these centres of pilgrimage, which are the centre of spiritual life. Well-known pilgrimage routes in Slovenia:

- The Hemma Pilgrimage Trail, named after St Hemma or Emma of Gurk. The trail continues into Austria.

- The Marian Pilgrimage Trail is also connected with Austria.

- The St Martin Trail enters Slovenia from Hungary.
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MapChurch of Virgin Mary in the FieldBovec

Church of. St. Peter and Paul, Tomaj

Church on Tabor, Tabor

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MapDravograd: The church of The Holy Spirit at OjstricaOjstrica

MapEvangelical Lutheran Church of Jesus the Good Shepherd in Moravske TopliceMoravske Toplice

MapExaltation of the Holy Cross Church in Srednja DobravaSrednja Dobrava

MapHoly Trinity Church (sveta Trojica church)Vrhnika

MapMaršiči – The Church of Sv. UrhMaršiči

MapMuta: Rotunda of St. John the Baptist at Spodnja MutaMuta

MapParish Church of Our LadyCerknica

MapParish Church of St. Barholomew (sv. Jernej)Rogatec

MapParish Church of St. NicholasMetlika

MapParish Church of Sv. ŠtefanRibnica

MapParish church St. Peter in Gornja RadgonaGornja Radgona

Plague monument, Bogo pri Štjaku

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MapSan Giusto?s church,Koper

MapSlovenj Gradec: The church of St. GeorgeLegen

MapSlovenj Gradec: The church of St. PankratStari Trg

MapSt. Ann’s ChurchLeskovec pri Krškem

MapSt. Apolonia’s church (Bezovica)Bezovica

MapSt. Catherine's Church in JelovoJelovo

MapSt. Clement or Lady of Health ChurchPiran

MapSt. Cross's Church in SvibnoSvibno

MapSt. Donat ChurchPiran

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MapSt. Ivan’s and Paul’s church (Babiči)Babiči

MapSt. John's church in PocakovoPočakovo

MapSt. Joseph’s ChurchTrška Gora

MapSt. Laurence’s ChurchGora

MapSt. Margaret's church in JagnjenicaJagnjenica

MapSt. Martin's church in VrhovoVrhovo

MapSt. Nicholas churchVrba

MapSt. Paul’s church (Črnotoče)Črnotiče

MapSt. Peter´s ChurchŠempeter v Savinj.Dolini

MapSt. Peter’s ChurchBrestanica

MapSt. Peter's Church in RadečeRadeče

MapSt. Rocco ChurchPiran

MapSt. Rock’s and St. Sebastian’s church (Boršt)Boršt

MapSt. Stephen ChurchPiran

MapSt. Stephen’s ChurchNemška vas

MapSt. Valentine’s church (Črni kal)Črni Kal

MapSuccursal Church of Sv. KrižJurjevica

MapSuccursal Church of Sv. LenartNemška vas

MapSuccursal Church of Sv. PeterPrigorica

MapSuccursal Church of Sv. TomažVelike Poljane

MapSuccursal Church of Sv. TrojicaHrovača

MapSuccursal Church of the Name of MaryGoriča vas

Svetišče Marijino Celje

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MapThe Capuchin Monastery, KrškoKrško

MapThe Chapel of the Holy Virgin of LourdesKoprivnica

MapThe Church of Holy TrinityVinji Vrh pri Semiču

MapThe Church of Mary the AscendedKoprivnica

MapThe Church of Saint Mary in PonikvePonikve

MapThe Church of St. Ahac (Sv. Ahac) in PrilesjePlave

MapThe church of St. AndrewZgornje Jezersko

MapThe church of St. AntonŠpitalič

MapThe church of St. BassoKoper

The Church of St. Cantianus (Sv. Kancijan) in Britof

MapThe church of St. JernejKočevje

MapThe Church of St. John the EvangelistKrško

MapThe Church of St. Mary of the AssumptionKanal

MapThe Church of St. Michael the Archangel, KubedKubed

MapThe Church of St. Nicholas, GračiščeGračišče

MapThe church of St. PeterPiran

MapThe Church of St. Ulrich (Sveti Urh) in BovecBovec

MapThe Church of the Holy CrossPodbočje

MapThe Church of the Holy Trinity, HrastovljeHrastovlje

MapThe Church of the Holy VirginKrško

MapThe Church of the Mother of Sorrows (Cerkev žalostne matere Božje), Središče ob DraviSredišče ob Dravi

The old chaplaincy, Štorje

MapThe parish Church of Mary’s Asumption, MovražMovraž

MapThe parish Church of St. Cantianius, TruškeTruške

MapThe parish Church of St. Cross, MarezigeMarezige

MapThe parish church of St. JudocDobrna

MapThe pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, GlemGlem

MapThe Rajhenburg Castle Romance and Gothic ChapelBrestanica

MapThe St. Benedict Catholic Church in Goričko, PrekmurjeKančevci

MapThe St. Rupert ChurchVidem

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MapThe succursal Church of St. Martin, LaborLabor

MapThe succursal Church of St. Nazarius, GlemGlem

The succursal Church of St. Vitus

MapThe succursal Church of the Sacred Heart, SočergaSočerga

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