Medieval church murals were mostly preserved under
painted walls and were only discovered in the past decades. Many of these
churches have only got small parts of old paintings left intact, or these have been
severely damaged due to reconstructions and changes. Medieval wall paintings
have been found in 13 churches around Koroška to date, and are considered
important cultural monuments.
Only two complete monuments have been preserved out
of all the paintings. These include a corpus of paintings in the Roman rotunda
of St. John the Baptist built in Muta in the middle of the 15th century, as
well as the paintings on the arch of the presbytery of St. Barbara's Church in
Zagrad, near Prevalje. The oldest mural dates back to the middle of the 13th
century and can be found in the lunette of the famous subsidiary St. Pancras
Church in Stari Trg, near Slovenj Gradec.
You can also see murals at St. Nicholas Church in
Vuzenica; the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Rocks in Vuzenica; St. Peter's
Church in Ribičje; the Church of St. John the Baptist in Šentjanž nad Dravčami;
St. Anthony's Church in Ravne na Koroškem; St. Agnes Church in Brdinje; St.
Anne's Church in Leše, near Prevalje; the Church of St. Hermagoras in Kozjak,
and the Church of the Holy Spirit in Slovenj Gradec.
More information on sacral heritage in Koroška.
Reproduced from: Koroška Regional Museum