Bishop Slomšek Monument

  Slomškov trg     more than a year ago
This relatively new statue - only erected in 1991 - is tucked away in a shady corner opposite the main entrance of Maribor's Cathedral, where the bishop is interred. This is no coincidence, as it was Slomšek who was responsible for the transfer of the Lavantine diocese to Maribor in 1859. The bishop also holds the distinction of becoming the first Slovene saint - an honour that Pope John Paul II personally proclaimed on a visit to Maribor in 1999. Aside from religious activities, Slomšek was also a fervent supporter of the Slovene language, and is largely credited with having founded the primary school system in Slovenia.


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