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Hrastovlje (Italian: Cristoglie) is a village in the Municipality of Koper in the Littoral region of Slovenia.
Overview
It is best known for the Church of the Holy Trinity, which contains a late-medieval Danse Macabre fresco. The church itself belongs to the Parish of Predloka. It is a stone-built church, typical of the area, and stands on a small hill above the village inside a walled enclosure 8 m high. The church was built in the late Romanesque tradition before 1480. The encampment wall, built in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, is an irregular rectangle with cylindrical towers in exposed corners. The frescos inside the church date to 1490 and are some of the best preserved in Slovenia. They were plastered over and whitewashed, and were only re-discovered in 1949 and were carefully restored. The most famous is the 7 m sequence known as the Dance of Death on the south wall of the nave, representing people of all walks of life from kings and popes to beggars and babies being led by skeletons towards Death itself. Scenes from the Book of Genesis also decorate the nave, images of the Apostles are painted in niches in the apse, with other saints and prophets as well as a Passion series and the journey and adoration of the Magi.
Hrastovlje is also the location of the only major spring in Slovenian Istria, the karst spring of the Ri×ana River, which is itself the most important source of water supply for the Slovenian coastal area and part of the habitat range of the marbled trout listed on the IUCN Red List.

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Hrastovlje: Sveta Trojica
Cristoglie (Hrastovlje in sloveno) Ŕ un insediamento di 154 abitanti del comune sloveno di Capodistria, nell'Istria settentrionale.
Posto alle pendici del monte Chiusa (Vrh) [mt 296], 25 km a sud-est di Capodistria, il paese Ŕ localizzato nell'alta valle del torrente Risano (Ri×ana), in un'area prevalentemente agricola, famosa soprattutto per la produzione del vino moscato.
Chiesa della Santissima TrinitÓ
Al centro del paese si trova la chiesa romanica della Santissima TrinitÓ (sloveno Sveta Trojica), costruita tra il XII ed il XIII secolo e fortificata con mura nel XVI.
L'interno a tre navate Ŕ affrescato con storie della creazione e della vita di Ges¨, raffigurazioni degli apostoli e personificazioni dei dodici mesi. Il ciclo degli affreschi pi¨ interessante si trova nella parte inferiore della parete sud, dove Ŕ rappresentata una danza macabra. Il dipinto risale al XV secolo , un'epoca in cui l'Europa era falcidiata da numerose e terribili epidemie ed il tema della caducitÓ della vita era molto sentito. L'autore degli affreschi fu il pittore Giovanni da Castua che ha lasciato la sua firma sia in caratteri latini che glagolitici.

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