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Parish Church of Sv. Štefan

Škrabčev trg 15 1310 Ribnica
Learning about the history of one of the oldest parishes in Dolenjska takes us to the beginning of the 11th century when it was established by the Patriarchate of Aquileia. The present Church of Sv. Štefan stands on the site of its frequently rebuilt predecessors. One earlier church was destroyed by fire in 1778, and the present church was built between 1866 and 1868. This imposing church with its characteristic Ribnica crowns and its entire interior with its colourful ornamental painting are an excellent example of historicism in sacral art in Slovenia. The presbytery was painted in 1880 by J. Wolf, and the nave in 1890 by Matija Koželj. The altars were made in the stonecutting workshop of Ignacij Toman between 1871 and 1873, and the sculptures are the work of F.K. Zajc. Its important paintings include St. John the Evangelist by J. Wolf (1873) and St. Stephan the Pope by Ivan Grohar (1900). The steeples that were destroyed during World War II were replaced with steeples designed for a cathedral by the architect Jože Plečnik between 1958 and 1960. 

Škrabčev trg 23 
Tel. : +386 1 836 93 35 
Fax : +386 1 836 93 35 
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