Church of St. Nicholas
The Church of St. Nicholas in Breg is the oldest still preserved church in the area of the Municipality of Žužemberk. It was built in the 13th century, in the Gothic style, and was later extended. On the western side, the oldest fresco from the 14th century has been preserved, depicting Christ’s miraculous walk on the Lake of Nazareth. The best-preserved frescoes from the mid-15th century, created by painter Janez Ljubljanski, make it one of the most important monuments of medieval painting in the Dolenjska region.
In the 19th century, the celebration of Saint Nicholas spread to almost all Slovenian regions, i.e. the procession around Saint Nicholas with an entourage on the eve of “his” name day. On the evening of December 5, Saint Nicholas walks from house to house accompanied by angels and Krampuses and brings gifts to good kids, whereas the naughty ones get the whip.
Primož Trubar, a Protestant priest and author of the first printed books in the Slovenian language, Catechism and Alphabet (1550), is said to have celebrated mass in this church.
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