Members

Grb

Grb

Regija

19

Ime občine

Municipality of Vitanje

Naslov

Grajski trg 1

Pošta

3205 Vitanje

Telefon

(03) 757 43 50

Fax

(03) 757 43 51

Župan

Slavko Vetrih

Predlgajatelj župana

Slovenian People´s Party

Število prebivalcev

2,437

Število naselij

8

Površina

59 sq kilometres

Email

info@vitanje.si

Spletni naslov

http://www.vitanje.si

Uradne ure

Monday: 8:00 – 14:00

Wednesday: 8:00 – 16:00

Friday: 8:00 – 14:00

 

Opis

The entire territory of the present municipality of Vitanje consists mainly of a hilly countryside on the slopes of Pohorje and the extension of the Karavanke. These two ridges of mountains are separated by a narrow valley, which is part of a fault that starts in the Labotska valley, goes across the Slovenjegraška basin, and towards the Pannonian Plain. Originally, Vitanje comprised only part of the present settlement and was located around the parish church of Sts Peter and Paul. Very soon, the new settlement´s central square emerged around the diocesan manor, the administrative centre at the time. That is why the market town was under strong German influence, whereas Vitanjska vas was known for its Slovene patriotism. The most exquisite cultural landmark of Vitanjsko is, without a doubt, the church of Sts Peter and Paul. In the written sources, it is first mentioned in 1296, as the headquarters of the clergy, although the original church was built 250 years prior to that. The church contains frescos that tell the story of the masters, who came to this hidden part of Pohorje more than 500 years ago and left a testimony of their creativity. Nowadays two churches have an equal part in forming the parish, since they both serve as parish churches, a unique example in Slovenia. The church of Sts Peter and Paul is used in winter, and the church of Mary Mother of God, in summer. Both churches are classed as highly important monuments of national heritage. Nowadays, the rich historical heritage, interwoven with the cultural heritage of this part of Pohorje, is revived with the traditional “Holcerija”, which is organized annually by the Tourist Information Office in Vitanje. The event attracts many people from both near and far. The old customs and skills of clearing forests and transporting timber are demonstrated in the event. It helps to remember the forgotten way of life of the local people.

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