The other day I had my health check-up for my driving license in the lovely town of Škofja Loka. We (my husband and I) usually drive by the town every time we go to Tolmin, but we never actually stopped by, until this time – what a little hidden jewel!
The town of Škofja Loka, built at the confluence of the Poljanska Sora and Selška Sora rivers for more than a thousand years, is one of the best preserved medieval town of Slovenia. The town is surrounded by beautiful unspoiled nature.
There are different paths that lead to the Loka Castle, which stands on a slope just above the town.
The one we took was short, easy and absolutely lovely – there was a beautifully carved wooden statue right at the beginning of the path. (Does anyone know what the statue symbolized? If you know the answer, please let me know via the comment box!)
The “stairs” to the castle had a rather unusual structure: like a stone ramp with regular convex bar that act like steps. It made the climb to the castle almost effortless – which surprised me at first.
Usually access to castles aren’t that easy, due to defensive purpose. Although, the access to Loka Castle is easy, it doesn’t mean that it is defenseless.
A defensive city wall with only five gates was erected around Škofja Loka in 1318, it provides protection, not only to the Loka Castle, but also to the old town core.
First built in the 12th century by the Bishops of Freising, the castle sits on a natural terrace. Following an earthquake in 1511, the castle was almost completely destroyed but it was rebuilt and given its current architecture. Today, the Loka Castle serves as an important local museum.
One of the things I enjoyed the most in Škofja Loka was the walk through the small garden next to the castle – the calm and quietness was simply wonderful. It gave me the impression of being completely somewhere else and very very close to the natural surroundings – yet, in reality, I was in the middle of a town!
The peacefulness of the garden allowed us to take nice close shoot of the birds. The trees created an interesting surroundings. It is definitively a place where I would love to spend my afternoon!
Unfortunately, we were limited in time and didn’t visit Škofja Loka as thoroughly as we wanted. We finished our short visit by a quick walk through the old town core. The another attractions will have to wait for another izlet! 😉
Until next time,