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Sv. Trojica (Holy Trinity)

Would you like to spend your free hour exercising and visiting a cultural site at the same time?

Take a walk to a lookout point at Vrhnika, to the top of the Sv. Trojica Hill (Holy Trinity Hill). We recommend starting at the St. Paul's Church in the city center of Vrhnika. The trail passes by the Cankar Memorial House right up to the top, where a wonderful view over Vrhnika is waiting for you. On a sunny day you can see all the way to Ljubljana. Take a walk around the top and admire the church. An interesting legend is connected to this building. Rest on the bench in the shape of Cankar's moustache and simply surrender to the peaceful nature.

The legend

At the sight of the church all the way up the hill many visitors wonder – why would people of Vrhnika decide to build a church of this size and grandeur on top of a hill? Legend tells of a shepherdess who was grazing sheep on the slopes of this hill. One day the entire herd disappeared. After a long search the girl found it at the top of the hill. The sheep were gathered around an image, on which the Holy Trinity was painted.  It seemed as if the herd was praying in front of it. The next day it all happened again. The shepherdess took the image to the parish priest. She told him the whole story and the priest took the image and safely put it in his prayer book.

The next day the shepherdess found her herd in exactly the same spot, gathered around the image. She took the image to the priest and when he looked ... his prayer book was empty. The image from the previous day was gone. People looked at the unusual event as a sign and decided to build a church in honor of the Holy Trinity in the spot where it all happened. Ivan Cankar, the greatest Slovenian writer and Vrhnika’s native son, writes that the shepherdess helped with the construction. She carried water from the Ljubljanica river up the hill and to the construction site. Once she tripped and fell in such an unfortunate matter she died. Her skull is said to be buried under the main altar and whoever listens closely (at an opening behind the altar), will hear the murmur of water …

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