Gospa Sveta

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Gospa Sveta (Maria Saal), Holy Lady in English, is the ancient cathedral of Carantania, the first Slovenian state. It was established by the Carynthian Bishop St Modestus in the 8th century, and is one of the oldest recorded churches under this name. They also refer to it as Santa Maria ad Carantanam or also San Maria in Solio in the Latin records. It is located above the field of Gospa sveta- Gosposvetsko polje, where the famous ceremony of investiture of Caranatanian Dukes took place. The church acquired its present appearance in the first half of the 15th century.