ST. PANCRAS CHURCH IN STARI TRG NEAR SLOVENJ GRADEC

St. Pancras Church was fortified at the time of the Turkish invasions onto the Slovenian territory at the beginning of the 16th century.

The patron church was first mentioned in 1090, and it was mentioned as a parish in 1106. The church of a square ground plan with a monolithic pillar was commissioned by Berthold of Andechs-Merania, the patriarch of Aquileia.

The Counts and Dukes of Andechs-Merania were one of the most powerful Bavarian noble families. They were present on Slovenia's territory for five generations, which is around 125 years. The most important territories where the Andechs built numerous monasteries, squares and towns are Kamnik and Slovenj Gradec.

Photo: www.slovenjgradec.si

St. Pancras Church is a prime architectural monument from the early Gothic, or the mid-13th century. It is best to visit it on foot: a lovely path runs to it from the Church of St. Radegund in Stari Trg along the Baroque chapels of the Way of the Cross.

Reproduced from: Koroška Regional Museum (www.kpm.si)