Tošč

Tošč - Polhov Gradec

Tošč is a hill in Slovenia, part of so-called Polhograjsko gorovje. With an altitude of 1021 m.a.s.l. it is the highest peak in the mentioned region, but that was not always the case.  Tošč became the highest peak in this, little less “mountain” and more “hills” range, decades ago.

Once, the honour of highest peak belonged to a hill Pasja ravan, with an altitude of approx. 1030 m.a.s.l. From the top, on which there are few benches and a box with a stamp, view toward west opens. Due to the forest, the view is not as spectacular, but still, Tošč is a beautiful hiking destination.

Interesting fact: Decades ago JNA (Yugoslav National Army) lowered the hill “Pasja Raven” by 9 or 10 meters, thus making Tošč higher by a meter or so. That is how Tošč became the highest peak in Polhograjsko gorovje.

Word “gorovje” in Slovenian language literally means “mountain range”, since it is the plural version of word “gora”, meaning “mountain”. This word is often used with hills to name the region even when we talk about hills and not actual mountains.

Saint Jedrt church in the village Selo under hill Tošč.

Cerkev Svetega - Jedrta Saint Jedrt Church

This idyllic little church is halfway towards hill Tošč. If you want to go to the top of the hill, you take left turn behind the church and, of course, uphill.  The first mentioning of this church dates back to 1526. Years ago, during the renovation, there was Romanesque part discovered within the church core, therefore historians agree we could add at least an additional few hundred years to the age of this old sacral building.

In history, important freight route went here, so it is estimated that first inhabitants came a long time ago. Although the church was renovated in the middle of the 18th century, it has retained some elements of older periods.

These facts became obvious because of stones with the years 1756 and 1778 engraved on the part of the stairs. On the walls, there are remains of frescoes that date back to the middle of the 16th century. In the past, the church had three altars, but today only one remains, dating back to around 1800.

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© Author: Text, photo and video:
Leon G. Milošević

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GPS Coordinates
46.101694, 14.296028
Height
1021m
Tošč is a hill in Slovenia, part of so-called Polhograjsko gorovje. With an altitude of 1021 m.a.s.l. it is the highest peak in the mentioned region, but…
Duration
1h
Easy and marked path.
Winter
Necessary equipment
Check the weather conditions. Basic crampons might be useful.
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