PPAC: Prekmurje 7. – Pertoča and Mura

This post with a church and twin border towns separated by the river concludes this series from the northeasternmost part of Slovenia.

For the last post I have saved possibly the biggest surprise of the day, and I’m not even religious. When we entered St. Helen’s Church in Pertoča my eyebrows shot up and this is always a good sign.

Not only there is the splendid mosaic by Slovenian Jesuit Marko Ivan Rupnik, who also decorated the private chapel of Pope John Paul II. in Vatican, but there are numerous beautiful vitrage windows designed by Jože Zel. As you will see, my camera had much fun.

Just opposite the church my camera noticed something else that made its ears wiggle: a row of beautiful old doors and windows. It turned out this is where we were heading all along. It is an eco shop with products from Homestead Turman / Turmanova kmetija. I have done a special Thursday Door post with these doors already, today just a reminder.

The interior of the shop was handmade in the traditional way with mud and straw and my friend helped with that since she is friends with the owners. I love this place, they are all friends, the entire region is like that. They help each other. It’s a great way to live.

After stocking up with pumpkin seed oil, the trademark of the region without which I never return to Tuscany, and other goodies, the day, July 30th 2019, was complete and we drove my friend home to Gornja Radgona on the border with Austria.

Since it is closer this way, we drove a few km through Austria. Amore let us out just before the bridge over the Mura river so that we could cross it and return into Slovenia on foot. No border control or anything pesky like that, just a river. Gotta love the European Union.

In this series:

  • Part 1: Robert Jurak: “Welded World”, in front of Lendava Castle;
  • part 2: Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Shoichi Hasegawa exhibition “East and West”, Lendava Castle;
  • part 3: Permanent historical collection in Lendava Castle;
  • part 4: Vinarium Tower in Lendava;
  • part 5: Lendava Cultural Centre;
  • part 6: Villa Moj mir on Vidov Brejg estate in Fokovci; Nuskova mineral water spring in Rogašovci;
  • part 7 (this post): St. Helen’s Church in Pertoča; Bad Radkersburg in Austria and Gornja Radgona in Slovenia – twin towns divided by the Mura river.

For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write

This day in my blogging history

Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

22 thoughts on “PPAC: Prekmurje 7. – Pertoča and Mura

  1. This is a fabulous post from beginning to end, Manja. Where do I start to love it? I think the friendly wave was the perfect start. Then the pictures inside the church were breathtaking. Reflections on the marble floor, the madonna in white. and the bowels of justice. Those really caught my attention. 🙂 super fabulous. You outdo yourself every week, my friend.

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  2. I love modern stained glass so that church would definitely make my jaw drop too! Nice to see a bit of Austria creeping into your post. We’ve had pumpkin seed oil from there, as it happens, and it was delicious 🙂

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    1. Ah! I’m glad you liked the oil. 🙂 I cannot imagine my salads without it. We used to go to ski in Austria and on shopping trips to Klagenfurt often, but not in ages. This was the only bit of Austria I’ve seen in the last 15 years or so. Thank you, Sarah!

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