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Škofja Loka (Bishop’s Meadow) is located 25km west of Ljubljana and is one of Slovenia’s oldest current settlements. Its history dates back at least 1000 years when in 973, German Emperor Otto II presented the Bavarian Bishops of Freising with the valleys along the Poljanscica and Selscica Rivers. Škofja Loka lies at the confluence of these two rivers and the town still retains some of its medieval charm despite being burned to the ground in 1457, attacked by Turks two decades later, hit by an earthquake in 1511 and succumbing to several fires at the end of the 17th century. Most of what survives today was built in the 18th century except for the town’s castle which was originally built in the 13th century and renovated in the 15th century. It commands a dominating position on a hill to the west of the town and today houses one of the best ethnographic collections in Slovenia. Other noteworthy sights include the towns small parish church of St James which dates back to the 13th century but whose main structure dates to the 16th century, a large 16th century granary, the 14th century stone Capuchin Bridge and several nice houses both in the town itself and in the nearby suburb of Puštal which features the beautiful 16th century wooden Nace House.

As Škofja Loka is only a short distance away from Slovenia’s capital, it only takes approx 30mins by bus to reach and as the town is small you really only need a morning or an afternoon to visit. I visited one morning before taking the bus to Kranj which I toured round in the afternoon.

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  • Pros:Great castle museum, charming old houses, nice rivers
  • Last visit to Skofja Loka: Jul 2006
  • Intro Written Sep 4, 2006
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Glyn, comprehensive page with outstanding photos of this Slovenian gem. Like you, I once visited this city only for a few hours on my way from Bled to Ljubljana.

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Nice page. Ciao!

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2006 at 3:51 AM

    Beautiful pictures, great tips. Happy Birthday Glyn from New Jersey!

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