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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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MapBasilica of Mary help of Christians,  Brezje

MapBogojina, Church of the Ascension,  Bogojina

MapCathedral,  Maribor

MapChurch of St. Nicholas (sv. Nikolaj), Provost's Church,  Novo Mesto

MapGornji Grad, Church of St. Mohor and St. Fortunatus,  Gornji Grad

MapHrastovlje, Church of the Holy Trinity,  Hrastovlje

MapJavorca, Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit (sv. Duh),  Tolmin

MapKoper (Capodistria), the Cathedral of the Assumption (Stolnica Marijinega vnebovzetja),  Koper

MapPilgrimage Centre with the Church of St. Mohor and St. Fortunatus and the Church of St. Peter,  Stahovica

MapPtujska Gora, Church of the Virgin Protectress (Marija Zaščitnica),  Ptujska Gora

MapStolnica (Cerkev sv. Nikolaja) / The Cathedral (Church of St. Nicholas),  Ljubljana

MapSveta Gora - Holy Mountain,  Solkan

MapCalvary in Šmarje pri Jelšah,  Šmarje pri Jelšah

MapCelje, Church of St. Daniel (sv. Danijel),  Celje

MapCerkev Kristusovega učlovečenja / Church of Christ's Incarnation,  Ljubljana

MapCerkev sv. Frančiška / Church of St. Francis,  Ljubljana

MapCerkev sv. Jožefa / Church of St. Joseph,  Ljubljana

MapCerkev svetega Florijana (St. Florian Church),  Ljubljana

MapChurch of St. Michael,  Črna vas

MapDomanjševci (Domonkosfa), Chapel of St. Martin (formerly St. Venceslav),  Domanjševci

MapFrančiškanska cerkev (Cerkev Marijinega oznanenja) / Franciscan Church (Church of the Annunciation),  Ljubljana

MapKomenda, Church of St. Peter,  Komenda

MapKoper (Capodistria), Church of the Carmelite Madonna (Cerkev Karmelske Matere božje),  Koper

MapKoper (Capodistria), Rotunda of St. Elijah (sv. Elija), Church of the Assumption (Marijino vnebovzetje),  Koper

MapKostanjevica monastery,  Nova Gorica

MapKranj, Church of St. Cantius, Cantianus, Cantianilla, and Protus (sv. Kancij, Kancijan, Kancijanila in Prot),  Kranj

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

MapNova Štifta, Church of the Assumption (Marijino vnebovzetje),  Nova Štifta

MapPetrovče, Church of the Visitation,  Petrovče

MapPilgrimage Church of Mary on Sladka gora,  Šmarje pri Jelšah

MapPiran (Pirano), Church of St. Mary of the Snows (Marija Snežna),  Piran

MapPiran, Baptistery of St. John the Baptist (sv. Janez Krstnik),  Piran

MapPodljubelj, The Church of Sv. Ana,  Podljubelj

MapRosary Church,  Kranj

MapSlovenj Gradec, Church of St. Elizabeth (sv. Elizabeta),  Slovenj Gradec

MapSlovenj Gradec, Church of the Holy Spirit (Sv. Duh),  Slovenj Gradec

MapSolčava, Church of Our Lady of the Snows (Marija Snežna),  Solčava

MapSt. Areh,  Šmartno na Pohorju

MapThe Church of the Sad Mother of God,  Leskovec pri Krškem

MapThe Franciscan Monastery,  Novo Mesto

MapThe Franciscans monastery church,  Koper

MapThe Minorite Church and Monastery,  Maribor

MapThe Provost's House,  Novo Mesto

MapThe statue of Mary of Solčava,  Solčava

MapTri fare pilgrimage in Rosalnice,  Rosalnice

MapTrnovo Church (Church of St. John the Baptist),  Ljubljana

MapUršulinski samostan & Cerkev sv. trojice / Ursuline Monastery & Church of the Holy Trinity,  Ljubljana

MapZgornje Jezersko, Church of St. Oswald (sv. Ožbolt),  Zgornje Jezersko

MapAloysius church,  Maribor

MapAssumption of Mary Parish Church in Primskovo,  Kranj

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MapKamnik, Mali grad Castle and Two-storey Chapel,  Kamnik

MapVršič, Russian Chapel,  Kranjska Gora

MapChapel of Peter Pavel Glavar in Lanšprež,  Rodine pri Trebnjem

MapChurch Holy Cross`s Finding in Koprivnik,  Koprivnik v Bohinju

MapChurch of St. Joseph,  Kamnik

MapChurch St. Ahac - Nemški Rovt,  Nemški Rovt

MapHubert's Chapel (Hubertova kapelca),  Spodnje Jezersko

MapItalian Military Chapel on Mt. Planica,  Kobarid

MapPyramid hill (Piramida),  Maribor

MapSt. Magdalena`s Church in Brod,  Brod

MapSt. Paul`s Church in Stara Fužina,  Stara Fužina

MapThe Chapel of The Holy Tomb,  Novo Mesto

MapThe Podbrežnik chapel,  Logarska Dolina

MapSt. Anton Puščavnik (Anton the Hermit) Church in Pokljuka,  Koprivnik v Bohinju

MapSt. Margaret`s Church in Jereka,  Jereka

MapSv. Martin Church - Spodnje Podjelje,  Podjelje

MapCalvary near Smlednik,  Smlednik

MapChapel in Manče, Vipava,  Manče

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MapChapel of Mary of the Snows,  Velika Planina

MapChapel of St. Josef, Orehovica at Vipava,  Orehovica

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MapChapel of the Holy Sepulchure,  Kamnik

MapChapels in Gradišče at Vipava,  Gradišče pri Vipavi

MapChurch in Trenta Village,  Trenta

MapChurch of St. Stephen, Vipava,  Vipava

MapJarh Chapel in Stari dvor,  Stari Dvor

MapMuta: Ecological Chapel,  Muta

MapPillar mark in Vrhovo,  Vrhovo

MapThe chapel of Madonna (Marija),  Županje Njive

MapThe Chapel of st. Anna,  Radenci

MapThe chapel on the Milana Majcna street,  Radeče

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