Dolenjska, different experiences

Mirna Peč

The Municipality of Mirna Peč is the smallest of the Dolenjska municipalities and is located in the Temenica basin. The landscape is characterised by incredible beauty and underground streams. The area is concentrated in the Mirnopeška, Globodolska and Šentjurska valleys. The region was first mentioned in the 12th century when its ancient parish was founded. Numerous Turkish raids, fires and plagues resulted in the region's decline. Its redevelopment began when the railway arrived at the end of the 19th century and when it was connected to the motorway in 2010.

1. Temenica River

The Temenica is Dolenjska's longest underground stream. Its second source is located under the Zijal cliff near the village of Vrhpeč. Here there are several springs where water flows from the cracks. After 8km of overland flow with characteristic bends it disappears into sinkholes near to Vrhov. During periods of heavy rainfall, its overland flow extends to the sinkhole in Jablan.

2. Globodolsko polje

Globodolsko polje is a dry karst field of tectonic origin, which stretches through the middle of forested hills in the western part of Suha krajina between the Ajdova Plateau and the Mirnopeška Valley. It is one of the smallest karst fields in Slovenia, being only 750 metres wide and 3km long. It is oriented on a north-south axis, something that is unique among all Dinaric karst fields. The Globodolsko Polje has no surface flowing water, but it has two underground sources that spill into the Krka River basin. Another interesting element of the Globodolsko Polje is Gorenji Globodol with its Pannonian roadside village ground plan, where houses have their narrow sides facing the road and behind which are the stables, outbuildings and fields.

3. St. Ana

St. Ana is a picturesque hill above the Temeniška Valley, which was inhabited starting in the Iron Age (8th to 5th centuries B.C.). The Church of St. Ana was built at the top of the hill in the 16th century. In close proximity is also Zijalo, which can be reached by a marked path.

4. Church of St. Kancijan

The church was built in 1915, but as its side chapel there is a traditional Gothic presbytery from the 15th century and a beautifully designed neo-Gothic portal. From the stone built into the presbytery, it is evident that at one time there was an older Romanesque church in this place.