The parish Church of St. Nicholas (“cerkev Sv. Nikolaja”) stands in the centre of Litija. The interior of the church, completed in 2000, is the home of a special mosaic entitled “Transfiguration on the Mountain”, by the incredible artist and theologian Marko Rupnik.
The mighty neo-Gothic Church of St. Martin (“cerkev Sv. Martina”) is the central point of Šmartno pri Litiji. In addition to the many magnificent paintings, the church also houses monuments of important local figures from the 16th century.
The mighty Gothic Church of St. Andrew (“cerkev Sv. Andreja”) in the village of Vače is the hiding place of a true treasure. The unique glass holy sepulchre, composed of multi-coloured glass cut at different angles, is one of the most beautiful tombs in Europe. The church is also home to the paintings “Stations of the Cross” (“Križev pot”), by the artist Valentin Metzinger.
The Church of St. Neža (“cerkev Sv. Neže”) is the oldest church in the wider area of Vače. It stands on the top of the hill Zg. Slivna at a vantage point, where one can really calm down, take a breath of fresh air and enjoy the view. The church is said to be about 800 years old. It has a beautiful interior, covered with whitewashed frescoes.
In addition to the Gotchic Pilgrime church of Mary’s Birth (“Božjepotna cerkev Marijinega rojstva”), two more churches are situated in the defence camps at the top of Primskova gora mountain – the church of St. Peter and the church of St. Nicolas. The heart of them all is the parish church of Mary’s Birth which has been famous as Mary’s pilgrimage. Pilgrims from near and far used to flock to the church, where an arched presbytery and figural consoles representing the symbols of the Evangelists are still partially preserved. Great location, even today!
CHURCH OF ST. PAUL, PODPEČ, GABROVKA
The Church of St. Paul (“cerkev Sv. Pavla”) was built in the late 14th century as the Gothic chapel of the nearby Gallenstein Castle, which is almost non-existent today. The chapel was painted three times in the late Middle Ages. Today’s image of the church dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries.