historical records, the church at the top of ‘Fijolčna’ mountain (The Purple Mountain)
was built around 1640. The mountain is actually a hill and its name derives
from the fact that in the spring violets blossom at the top. Today, the church,
built in Italian style, has a Baroque instead of the Gothic bell tower, but
otherwise its exterior remained unchanged. But the church is not interesting just because of its beaty ... an interesting legend is connected to its building.
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 all the way at the top. 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 …