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Traditional legend recounts the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary on Skalca above the Idrijca river, where later the first chapel was built. The first reference to the small church was recorded in the 12th century, the year 1156 seems to be the most likely. The present-day parish church of Our Lady of Assumption, in local usage 'Virgin Mary on the Rock' (Marija na Skalci), prides itself on an 850-year-long history.

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The Parish Church of Devica Marija Vnebovzeta (Our Lady of Assumption)

The Parish Church of Devica Marija Vnebovzeta (Our Lady of Assumption)

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  • Venue: Spodnja Idrija
  • Contact info available at: TIC Idrija, Mestni trg 2, 5280 Idrija
  • Phone: +386 (0)5 374 39 16
  • E-mail: tic@visit-idrija.si
  • Website: http://www.zupnija-spidrija.si
  • Distance from the TIC office: 4,7 km, a 5-minute drive
  • How to get there:
    If coming from the direction of Idrija, leave the car in the marked parking place behind the entrance to Spodnja Idrija, ‘Na vas’. From there take the stairs to the hill where the church is located. Access is also possible by car. When you come to ‘Na Vas’, turn left on a narrow road, take the first turn to the left up the hill and you come straight to the church.
  • Accessible by: car, motorbike, bicycle, on foot
  • Entrance fee: none
  • Suggested time to visit: all year long
  • Suggested length of visit: at least 30 min
  • Accessibility for the disabled: yes
  • Important information:
    individual tours by prior engagement only with priest Miro Marinič. (phone: 05 372 10 80 or 031 871 9989)
  • Guests: groups, individuals, families
  • GEO:46.031430000000 / 14.025504000000

Traditional legend recounts the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary on Skalca above the Idrijca river, where later the first chapel was built. The first reference to the small church was recorded in the 12th century, the year 1156 seems to be the most likely. The present-day parish church of Our Lady of Assumption, in local usage 'Virgin Mary on the Rock' (Marija na Skalci), prides itself on an 850-year-long history.

The parish church of Our Lady of Assumption rises into the sky above the historic heart of the town, which has preserved its suggestive name to the present day, ‘Na Vas’ ('At the Village'). In the recent years it has been thoroughly refurbished. The temple has an excellent position above the settlement and is, as a dominant visual element above the whole valley, visible from near and far. Over 100 years old, a remarkable stairway ascends up the building. The church is also linked to a system of chapels, not only to those with access paths but to others scattered throughout its vicinity. The frescoes were made in a grandiose and high quality manner during the years 1762 and 1766 by the local cartographer, polytechnician, and painter Jožef Mrak, otherwise best known as the constructor of ‘klavže’ water barriers on the Idrijca and Belca rivers.

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TIC Idrija, Mestni trg 2

+386 (0)5 37 43 916
tic@visit-idrija.si

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