The subsidiary St. George's Church, in Legen, is
surely one of the more interesting churches in Slovenia because of its superbly
presented interior archaeological remains. The remains are of older sacral
structures and graves found by archaeologists in 1993 when the deteriorated
church floor was being replaced.
The church has been known to have a Romanesque
design, dating back to the second half of the 13th century, but two older
construction phases were also discovered: the pre-Romanesque phase and the
Romanesque phase, dating back to the first half of the 12th century. The
foundations of an early medieval single-nave church, dating somewhere between
the first half of the 9th century and the first half of the 10th century were
also discovered. The foundations are one of the oldest structures of this type
in the Aquileia missionary territory. According to the found grave goods, the
Old-Slavic graves discovered at the southern and eastern side of the church
belonged to the Köttlach cultural group, the early culture of Alpine Slavs.
The heated glass walking surface now enables
visitors to see the exciting remains of the past, telling a story of the same
place but at a different time.
Reproduced from: Koroška Regional Museum