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The church of St. Three Kings, Slovenska Bistrica

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The church of St. Three Kings, Slovenska Bistrica

About the site


Corridor: Diagonal Road
Country: Slovenia, Slovenska Bistrica, Pohorije
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Middle Ages
Theme: Christian Monasteries
World Heritage:
Middle AgesChristian MonasteriesChristian religious centre

On the top of the hill there is the large 16th-century pilgrimage church of the Three Kings. The foundation stone was laid in 1521, the facade was finished in 1558, the vault of the main nave bears the date 1577, and the presbytery 1564. The original 16th-century painted vegetation decoration has survived, and the altar from 1560 with a "tree of Jesse" is worth special mentioning. The right nave contains an Italian triumphal arch altar of Mary from 1611, the oldest surviving altar of this type in Slovenia. In the main altar from 1623 is an image of the Three Kings.

Slovenian Tourist Board