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Straleck castle


Numerous castles in the Dolenjska region make it so famous that we can easily call it "the valley of castles". The border position itself was what significantly affected the large number of castles in this area.


The first mentioning of Starleck castle dates back to 1247 which is why it is placed among older castles in Slovenian area. The castle was built by knights Frederic and Rudolph from Slepšek near Mokronog without the consent of Freising bishop (today the bishop of Munich) who was the land owner.


Throughout several centuries the castle was changing its owners and was also seized and looted.


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Around year 1500 the empty castle began to dilapidate. However, the relatively extensive ruin

 s have been preserved till this day to give the visitors a basic idea of the former structure. 

Slape and the Church of the Carmelite Madonna


Church of the Carmelite Madonna was built in the sixteen twenties and is today the subsidiary of the Šmarjeta parish.


The saying goes that a brave knight Thunder from the Klevevž castle had the church built to show his gratitude for the victory in Turkish battles. He also brought home Turkish prisoners who had to help with the building. As the church was being built, there was a bird flying over the hill, making a sound similar to "Slapè, slapè", and this is how the church ground got its name.


Surrounding the church there's also a cemetery where you can find a large enclosed graveyard of the Jombart-Ulm family, who lived at the Klevevž estate between the years 1825 and 1945. 

Dwarf cave


The saying goes that a long time ago there was an entrance which led into a long tunnel underneath

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 Bela Cerkev. The tunnel was home to small and friendly dwarfs. They helped people as their true friends. The peac

e in the village was spoilt with the arrival of a greedy young man. He didn't like the dwarfs and decided to drive them away. They didn't want to pick a quarrel with him, so they decided to retire through their tunnel to a nearby Vinji Vrh. The people who lost the help of their dwarf friends banished the young man from their village, but that didn't bring the dwarfs back. Times were looking hard for the villagers. In order to help the village from downfall, the oldest dwarf decided to help the people, though  he never revealed himself at daylight. From that day onward the tunnel is called the Dwarf cave.



Koglo and St. Leonard's Church

Often there's the smell of fresh home-baked bread, made by housewives in Bela Cerkev Is it possible that the dwarfs and maybe one of their secret recipes have something to do with such tasty bread in Bela Cerkev? 

Koglo with its 417 metres above sea level represents the highest point of municipality Šmarješke Toplice. There used to be a manor named Kozjak in Koglo, which was the first fort for shooters fighting with Hungarians.


St. Leonard's Church is a subsidiary of the Šmarjeta parish. Written sources mention the church as late as the 17th Century. Primarily it was built in Gothic architectural style, and was later reconstructed to Baroque style.

Today Koglo's purpose is that of a vineyard which offers an excellent view of surrounding places and numerous churches located on the hills of Dolenjska. From here you can enjoy the view of the river Krka valley, the Gorjanci hills, the Kočevje forest, the Novo mesto hollow and Šentjernej field, and if the weather is nice, you can see as far as the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the north and the Croatian Slijeme in the south. 

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