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Saint Cross chuch

The church of Saint Cross is located above the village of Rožič vrh in the municipality of Črnomelj. It sits at an elevation of 593 m. Today the church is a ruin, with the tower converted into an observation deck, with a view of Planina and Mirna gora. Next to the church, a small cabin was erected by the Mountain society of Črnomelj.

The old church was built by the Gottscheers, German settlers. The area around the church still contains the remains of many houses used by the Gottscheers. Saint cross was largely abandoned before the second world war, as the local Gottscheers population left or was forcibly resettled by the Partisans. The church was stone and wood built on top a hill above Rožič vrh village.  

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What to do

  • There are tables with benches near the Saint Cross ruins.

  • There is a path leading to the church where the altar used to be.

  • To get to the tower you need to go up the wooden ladders and at the top open a steel hatch.

  • Please do note that walking into the church and most importantly the tower, you do so of your own free will. Take every possible precaution and safety measure.  If you are unsure of your safety do not enter the ruins.

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Where to discover

Saint cross is located above the village of Rožič vrh. To get there, while traveling on the Črnomelj-Črmošnjice road to Črnomelj, when you enter the village of Lokve, turn right. When you get under the rainroad viaduct take the second left road. Drive about 2.7 km and then turn left. Drive another 3.4 km on the forest road. There are road sign to the church. When arriving at the location, you will need to leave your car below and then walk about 200 m to the church.