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On the Rožni hrib above the centre of Idrija, there rises a well-conceptualized, dominant urbanistic structure in the form of the church of St. Anthony of Padua, which is complemented by an excellent scenic representation of the Calvary on the hillock above the church. 

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Church of St. Anthony with a Calvary

Church of St. Anthony with a Calvary

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  • 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://zupnija-idrija.rkc.si
  • Distance from the TIC office: 2 km; a 4-minute drive
  • How to get there:
    Take the main road past the bus station and the Mestni trg Square. At the Town Hall turn right and at the first crossroads right again. Take the winding road to the Pot sv. Antona Street. There turn right on the macadam road, which leads you straight to the church. Take the main road past the bus station and the Mestni trg Square. At the Town Hall turn right and at the first crossroads right again. Take the winding road to the Pot sv. Antona Street. There turn right on the macadam road, which leads you 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 minutes
  • Important information:
    we recommend comfortable shoes, entry to church is not possible
  • Guests: groups, individuals, families
  • Parking area: yes
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On the Rožni hrib above the centre of Idrija, there rises a well-conceptualized, dominant urbanistic structure in the form of the church of St. Anthony of Padua, which is complemented by an excellent scenic representation of the Calvary on the hillock above the church. 

The Temple and Calvary are in perfect harmony with the natural configuration of the terrain and offer far-reaching views of the town and its environments.

The miners chose St. Anthony of Padua to protect them from accidents, which were threatening to happen day and night during their work in the pit. At first a shrine with the saint's image was set on the hillock, later on a wooden chapel, and in 1678 the church in its present-day form was built, thanks to the mine superior. Miners volunteered in great numbers to transport and carry the building material and for other heavy works. The bell tower wasn't added until 1805, while the Calvary with the 13 chapels – Stations of the Cross and the big upper chapel were built in 1766 already. In the past even passion plays were organized at the church of St. Anthony, which has until today remained a popular gathering spot for the youth, locals, and during holidays pilgrims from the surrounding areas. 

The interior of the church is designed by the typical rules of the country Baroque architecture, the paintings and the statues on the altars are the work of local fine artists from the 19th century. The high altar was designed in 1837 by master Luka Čeferin from Leskovica under Blegoš Hill, who lived and worked in Idrija. The facility of St. Anthony and the Calvary is a great example of symbiosis between architecture and landscape.

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+386 (0)5 37 43 916
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