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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MapBasilica of Mary help of ChristiansBrezje

MapBogojina, Church of the AscensionBogojina


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

MapGornji Grad, Church of St. Mohor and St. FortunatusGornji Grad

MapHrastovlje, Church of the Holy TrinityHrastovlje

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. PeterStahovica

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 MountainSolkan

MapCalvary in Šmarje pri JelšahŠmarje pri Jelšah

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

MapCerkev Kristusovega učlovečenja / Church of Christ's IncarnationLjubljana

MapCerkev sv. Frančiška / Church of St. FrancisLjubljana

MapCerkev sv. Jožefa / Church of St. JosephLjubljana

MapCerkev svetega Florijana (St. Florian Church)Ljubljana

MapChurch of St. MichaelČrna 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. PeterKomenda

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

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 VisitationPetrovče

MapPilgrimage Church of Mary on Sladka goraŠmarje 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. AnaPodljubelj

MapRosary ChurchKranj

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. ArehŠmartno na Pohorju

MapThe Church of the Sad Mother of GodLeskovec pri Krškem

MapThe Franciscans monastery churchKoper

MapThe Minorite Church and MonasteryMaribor

MapThe Provost's HouseNovo Mesto

MapThe statue of Mary of SolčavaSolčava

MapTri fare pilgrimage in RosalniceRosalnice

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

MapUršulinski samostan & Cerkev sv. trojice / Ursuline Monastery & Church of the Holy TrinityLjubljana

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

MapAloysius churchMaribor

MapAssumption of Mary Parish Church in PrimskovoKranj

MapCerkev sv. Jurija in sv. MagdaleneMotnik

MapCerkev svetega Jakoba (Church of St James)Ljubljana

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