ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH

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 (www.kpm.si)