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Atlas Obscura A Remarkably Preserved ‘Danse Macabre’ Fresco

The 12th-century Holy Trinity Church in Hrastovlje was fortified in the 1500s to defend it against Turkish attacks. The high defensive wall which surrounds the church means that from a distance only the top of the tower can be seen peeking out above the walls. Inside, the church hides a beautiful secret.

Hidden beneath thick layers of plaster, nearly perfectly preserved medieval frescoes were discovered in 1949, covering almost every inch of the walls and ceiling of the church. The artworks were completed in 1490 and have remained unchanged ever since.

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