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13. Sep 2017

Stories of the castle


The remains of iron implements, weapons, ceramic pottery and glass products that were found during archaeological excavations of the Tower have led to a greater understanding of the lives of the noble castellans. A little bronze chandelier – a statue of a medieval pageboy – is particularly interesting, and is the central figure of the medieval events that are held in the town. The findings are on display in the Loka Museum.

The Flis trail
A circular route connects three castles: Loka Castle, the Upper Tower on Krancelj, and Old Castle. They were all built as town forts, and have been protecting Škofja Loka since the 14th century. All three castles were supervised by the same fort-keeper.
The walk takes two hours, and good walking shoes are recommended. First, ascend to Loka castle (8); in the museum you will find out more about the other two forts. From the castle gate, follow the signposts to get to the Upper Tower on Krancelj (18), the oldest of the castles, dating from the 12th century. The tower, which is about 30 meters high, had several storeys, and was surrounded by a wall and a deep moat; it was levelled in the earthquake of 1511.
Continue to the Kobila pass, where you leave the road and turn right to the forest trail that leads to the ruins of Old Castle (19). Ancient documents refer to it as Wildenlach; it provided a home for robber barons, and later on the Loka barons. Its defensive function ceased after the fatal earthquake; it was never reconstructed.
Following the way through the Vincarje ravine (Vincarška grapa) you get to Vincarje; the settlement is named after "viničarji" — the vinedressers — who grew vines for the needs of the bishops. To return to the old town centre, keep to the right bank of the Selška Sora.

We recommend that you begin your walk from the Town Square to old Puštal in Kopališka Street, which is part of the old suburb. Past the Firbar House (20), which used to house the biggest dyer's shop in Škofja Loka, you arrive at the "beautiful memorial" and a fountain, and through a narrow passage to the Devil's Footbridge (21). At the footbridge there used to be a mill, a sawmill, and a forge; small memorials were also erected, to scare the devil that lived on the wild river. On the right-hand bank of the Poljane Sora, Puštal features several interesting houses preserved as monuments, among them the outstanding Nace House (22), an open-door house and a museum. It dates from the 15th century, and has been protected as an ethnographic monument of Slovene architectural and cultural heritage. The way leads you further past Puštal Manor (23), which was built in the 13th century and was for many years home to the Puštal lords. In the 17th century it passed into the hands of the Oblak family, which acquired its wealth and aristocratic title through iron trading. The works of art, the most important being Quaglio's mural in the castle's chapel, date from those times.
Today the manor contains a music school.
The Church of the Holy Cross (24) on Hribec offers the most beautiful view of the town with its surroundings; the path passes by 12 Stations of the Cross.
The Puštal Manor courtyard

Stara Loka
The settlement was mentioned in Otto II's Deed of Donation from 973; it is one of the oldest Slovene settlements, and one of the oldest parishes, too. It was mentioned in 1074, when it encompassed the entire Loka territory. The houses in Stara Loka are tightly packed together, and make a narrow village centre, known from olden times.
Set out on a walk towards Stara Loka, in front of the post office, pass by the Nama store and continue up the tree-lined road of the prominent natives of Škofja Loka, and further by the market to the town's cemetery, which you bypass on the left-hand side. Next, you will arrive at the Dolenc House (25), from which old houses follow one after another. Passing a memorial, you get to Stara Loka Manor, also known as Strahl Manor (26). It features round defensive towers and a moat, part of which has been preserved to the present day. The building is believed to have been a bishop's manor, later passing to the hands of influential families. In the 19th century, the manor was renovated by the Strahl family, hence its present name. You can have a look at the manor's interior if you visit the Post and Telecommunications Museum (26). A part of the manor is occupied by the Centre for the Blind and Partially Sighted, in front of which a unique sundial for the blind is located. Opposite the manor is the magnificent Church of St. George (27), which has been reconstructed several times. Its present appearance dates from the year 1863, but the side chapels preserve interesting tombstones from the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Nace House features well-preserved external details, and original interior fittings and furniture. On display is a black kitchen with an arch above the fireplace, the "izba" (the living room) with the "kamra" (a closet), and a wine cellar. The owners will show you around at weekends, or by prior notice, tel.: 040/ 295-916.
Stara Loka or Strahl Manor, which houses the Post and Telecommunications Museum
The Church of St. George
The Devil's Footbridge


Municipality Škofja Loka


The Passion Play of Škofja Loka

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