Church of Saint Benedict, Žigrski Vrh

Kraj: Žigrski Vrh
Škofija: Celje
Župnija: Sevnica
Občina: Sevnica
Koordinate: lon = 15° 21' 18.5'' E lat = 46° 0' 27.5'' N
Nadmorska višina: 298,6 m

The church was built in the Middle Ages. The parish chronicle states that the foundations for this church were laid in 1480. While an old oral tradition says that many years ago, the Turks fortified themselves on Knežji vrh near Žigrski Vrh, from where they went to plunder the surrounding villages. They lived here for 10 years and felt completely safe until "our people with the help of the Germans" defeated them on the day of Saint Benedict on March 21, 1480. The Turks are said to have been attacked at the exact location where today the Church of Saint Benedict stands. In gratitude for the glorious victory, a church dedicated to Saint Benedict was erected. In memory of the fact that the Turks were defeated here, on every first Sunday after March 21, a solemn service was held in the church. The church first appeared in written sources in 1581. The church has two altars. The high altar of Saint Benedict dates from 1886, while in the chapel is the altar of Saint Anthony of Padua with a picture of the title saint. The altar supposedly dates from the first half of the 18th century.