Old Town Centre
In the old town centre, you can find one of the oldest markets in Carniola, which is also one of the most beautiful because of its characteristic decorated ceilings. Near the bridge over the Bistrica stands the Miklova hiša House and the Ribnica Castle, which are now used for cultural and museum activities. In the castle courtyard, there is also a Cultural Park dedicated to the memory of those who contributed to Ribnica's development. Here we find the Forma vivo, which were created in the eighties by renowned Slovenian sculptors. Inside the complex, there is also a wedding hall and a summer theatre where the “Castle Evenings” take place.
Church of St. Stephen
This church from the 19th century is an excellent example of the historicism in Slovenian church art. It is adorned with the Ribnica Crowns, the work of Jože Plečnik. Inside, you can view the altar image of St. Stephen by the impressionist painter Ivan Grohar.
This estate in Hrovača was the birthplace of Stanislav Škrabec (1844–1918), one of the most important Slovenian linguists of the 19th century. For more than two centuries, the generations of the Škrabec family resided, dreamed and worked here, and now the wonderfully restored buildings and the valuable cultural monuments serve as venues for cultural events as well as for business meetings. On Bean Day, which is dedicated to the native varieties of “Ribničanu” beans, or during the festive December atmosphere, you will certainly find this village to be among the most interesting places in Slovenia.
Ribnica CastleLargely burned during World War II and later mostly demolished, this castle beside the Bistrica River belonged in the group of early castles built mainly in the second half of the 12th century that included a two- or three-story residence and an interior courtyard with a cistern protected by a wall. In the Middle Ages, the basic interior circumference was strengthened, and at the end of the 15th century and in the 16th century it was surrounded by a new circle of wall with towers that assumed the burden of defense against possible enemy attacks. Today, only part of this wall with its arcades and two towers remain of the once powerful, moat-surrounded complex that in later centuries was increasingly transformed into a comfortable aristocratic residence. Despite the fact that most of the castle was destroyed, it still serves as a cultural center.
Fun fact: The church in Nova Štifta
, with its mighty dome and high bell tower, has been inviting pilgrims for more than 350 years to its unspoilt natural environment that is supplemented by a huge linden tree, the Chapel of St. Joseph from the 18th century and the Franciscan Monastery. Within the church, three golden altars glow and, together with the pulpit, they are among the most beautiful monuments of carved art from the second half of the 17th century. Source: VisitDolenjska