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On a gentle hill in the fortified area, a small medieval church of St Stephen the King stands. It is located in the Žilina city district of Dolné Rudiny. It is the oldest architectural monument in the territory of Žilina.

The church was built in the first third of the 13th century in a form that can be seen and admired today. According to legend, this church was built by the first King of Hungary, St Stephen, in memory of the battle, which he won against the troops of the Polish King Boleslav the Brave.

The interior of the church is decorated with wall paintings of the late Romanesque style. However, there are also influences of other styles, especially Gothic and Baroque. During the archaeological research, a small stone foundation of the pulpit and 15 skeletal graves were found in the interior of the church.

The church is surrounded by a stone wall with an entrance gate and a round bastion. It is a national cultural monument. Medieval church of St Stephen the King can be visited during worships. In addition to worships, it is necessary to arrange a visit in advance to the parish office of Žilina-town.

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