Church of St. Rok

Church of St. Rok

The beginnings of the construction of the Church of St. Rok in the village of Stranska vas near Žužemberk are connected with the terrible times when the plague ravaged all over Carniola, so people turned to intercessors for infectious diseases. In 1626, they started building the sanctuary, which was much larger than the parish church at the time. It is very likely that there was also a cemetery for plague victims located here. When the church was finished, it only had a roof bell. It was not until the turn of the century that it was rebuilt and given the expansive bulbous roof that still adorns it.

The spacious interior once housed four altars. The one on the north side, which was dedicated to St. Anton Puščavnik, was destroyed years ago. The main altar, dedicated to St. Rok, represents the characteristic carving work of the 17th century and is one of the most beautiful Slovenian examples of golden altars.

In the period between and after the war, the parish church, which was on the opposite bank of the Krka river, was demolished. Many branch churches were also demolished. That is why the large and spacious church of St. Rok in the village of Stranska vas was very useful to the locals.

Horse traders first brought the plague from Varaždin to the Gorenjska region in 1624, and the following year it also spread to the Dolenjska region. That year, 322 people died in Novo mesto alone. The situation in Žužemberk is not known. The local name Kužni Dol alludes to the harsh times in this area too.


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