Dolenjska, different experiences


The Municipality of Straža encompasses 11 villages between the Krka River and Straška Mountain. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Romans built a road here along the steep spine of the Straška Mountain and the remains can still be found. The developments over time in the area and the discovered coins also testify to this. Straža was first mentioned in the 13th century. The population primarily lived off of forestry work and viticulture. Viticulture was destroyed, however, at the end of the 19th century by the vine louse. The area's true industrial boom took place only after World War II when the modern timber industry developed.

1. The Church of St. Tomaž is from the 14th century and the Romanesque vessel and three-sided presbytery with a ridged vault are from the 17th century.

2. Vavta and the Church of St. Jacob

The Church of St. Jacob in Vavta is a baroque parish church that was constructed in the 18th century. Its altars are adorned with Goldenstein scenic architecture from 1855.

3. Karst caves and Olms

Within the Municipality of Straža, in the karst sinkholes, the presence of a large number of olms (proteus anguinus) have been discovered.

4. Straška Mountain and the Plague Memorial

Straška Mountain is covered with beech groves that lushly interweaves clematis plants and is decorated by a garland of extensive vineyards with scattered vineyard cottages and holiday homes, among which there are also beautiful hiking trails. At the top of the wine path you can see the old Plague Memorial that is a memorial to a grave moment in the past and also indicates the area to where the plague raged. The Plague Memorial is a stone pillar, whose upper part extends to a tip with niches and it is covered with a square stone roof.

5. Church of St. Mary, Our Lady of Consolation

The Church of St. Mary in Derganja Sela from the Middle Ages was renovated in the Baroque style at the beginning of the 18th century. Today, the presbytery is arched. The side altars are from the 18th century. The Way of the Cross, which is painted on paper with inscriptions in the Bohorič alphabet, is a popular work.