The dispersed villages of Liberga, Jelša and Preska nad Kostrevnico are located on the ridge between the Kostrevnica and Jablanica valleys. The mostly hilly terrain is sometimes craggy and covered with forest. Vineyards are cultivated on the sunny side of hills at lower altitudes. A wine road passes by vineyard cottages from Jelša, through Liberga, Preska and Kostrevnica to the Tisje hamlet. The villages of Liberga and Jelša were first mentioned in 1406. The former as Wilpurchgschiess and Vilburgino selo, the latter by its German name of Erlaw. In the Iron Age and later in Roman times, an important trade route passed through the villages of Preska nad Kostrevnico, Liberga and Jelša, connecting Stična na Dolenjskem with Vače and Trojane across the Sava river. According to the local lexicon, it was common lore that the Ajdi, the mythological giants, used to live in Jelša

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The Medved fruit dryer

is one of the best-preserved still functioning smokeless fruit dryers in central Slovenia. It has been declared a cultural monument of national importance. It is built of stone and plastered, has an arched fireplace, and a drying chamber above it. On the façade, the year 1845 and the initials I. T. are inscribed. It was completely renovated in 2015 and is still in use today.

The Church of St. Hermagoras and Fortunatus

was mentioned as early as in 1526, in a list of church-rates for the army against the Turks. Initially, a Romanesque chapel was situated here, allegedly older than the first church in Šmartno and probably built in the first half of the 12th century. In 1611, the church was built next to the chapel, and the belfry in 1697. The low Romanesque arch was pulled down in 1886 and the presbytery was raised. The two side altars were demolished in 1906 and new ones were built in the Tyrolese style. The old statues – undoubtedly Baroque works – were stored in the morgue and later taken to people’s homes. Only the sculpture of St. Rok is still preserved.


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