The Capuchin Bridge also called The Stone Bridge, are the oldest preserved bridge in Slovenia and one of the oldest monuments of this architectural style in the Middle Europe.
It’s a prominent entrance to Škofja Loka’s Old core and Loka castle above, as well as the Selška Sora River.
The Stone Bridge was constructed in the middle of the 14th century, so it’s more than 600 years old. It was built by bishop Leopold who got drowned with his startled horse in the Selška Sora River; riding across a fenceless bridge (the bridge was equipped with the iron fence only in 1888). Such a joke of fate!
The Capuchin Church, with its library and monastery, was built at the beginning of the 18th century, in the Baroque period. The library contains about 30 000 books and manuscripts, among which 5 200 are of older date.
Besides the incunabula and old religious books, the library keeps a valuable and treasured manuscript by Father Romuald “Škofja Loka Passion Play“. Dating from 1721, it’s the oldest existing written drama play in the Slovenian language.
The play is performed through streets of Škofja Loka and after two centuries it was revived with a spectacular performance of more than 600 artists.