Church on a hill
At the moment we have about 2900 churches in the country that has 2 million inhabitants. Not all of them are open all the time. Some of them have services only once or twice a year. But many of them are a popular hiking destination for local people. We say in a joke that every major municipality has a church up the hill that serves as a sacred spot for the community. Even if people are not religious or hike up because of religious reasons, they are a visited on daily basis. The hill church in our capital city of Ljubljana is so popular on weekends that needs to have a two – way traffic: one way for up the hill, one way for down the hill. Stories like that never end in Slovenia.
Church is rarely open – services are now held only three times a year – but there are interesting artefacts inside. One of them is the statue of Saint Lawrence, a patron saint of the church, that used to stand in a small chapel in the middle of the village. When the new big parish church in the neighbour village was built, villagers didn’t allow the statue to go into it, because it belonged solely to the village of Zabreznica. They believed he was their protector and it would be a bad omen to move him elsewhere. His old chapel, that was ruined because of the new road, was no longer there, so villagers decided to built a new one and have the statue inside of it. But once the church up the hill was built, statue found his home in it instantly. He is still there today, guarding the villagers.