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Loški Potok

The Municipality of Loški Potok is made up of 6 villages. They are characterised by karst landscapes and extensive pine forests.

1. Rhaetia Karst Depression

The Rhaetia karst depression is an elongated valley with a wide base and steep forested slopes and can be described as one of the most beautiful karst depressions in Slovenia. At the base of the valley lies the village of Retje and narrow plots that complement the scenic pattern traverse the valley. The churches of St. Florian and St. Leonard mark the valley on both sides. The landscape is interesting during every season, as with each one it displays a new face: the spring grass in the pattern of narrow plots, haystacks laid out during the first cutting and churning waters bubbling from springs on the outskirts of the valley, which come alive with the rains and turn the village into an island.

2. Tabor

Tabor is an elevated point above Hrib where the parish church of St. Leonard, with its mighty bell tower, and the smaller church of St. Barbara, surrounded by a cemetery, both stand. From Tabor, there is a beautiful view of the meadows and the Rhaetia depressions. Prehistoric pottery has been discovered on Tabor. At the time of the Turks, there was a fortified outpost or tabor (camp) surrounding the church and that is how the hill got its name. The Baroque church of St. Leonard was built at around 1670. During the last renovation, it received a new organ. Although St. Barbara is stated to be from 1673, it is actually older than St. Leonard.

3. Kaličeva jelka

This fir tree (jelka) grows next to the Draga–Glažuta road. The circumference of the trunk measures 387cm, the diameter is 123cm, height is 46m, volume 22m³ and the age of the tree is about 220 years.

4. “Intermittent” Meadows

This field is located at the sinkhole of the Loški Potok stream below the village of Travnik. During heavy rainfall, the water will flood the field before disappearing into the karst underground.