Height above sea level
in the countryside; in the mountains
Črni Vrh lies in the central and western parts of the Polhov Gradec Hills and covers the highest-lying part of the municipality of Dobrova-Polhov Gradec, at a height above sea level of between 500 and 1,000 metres. The Črni Vrh area also includes Rovt, Srednji Vrh and Smolnik. The nucleus of Črni Vrh extends along a ridged hilly area broken by ravines cutting deep into the valley and covered with meadows, pasture, fields and rich forests, mainly beech and coniferous. Visitors are attracted by unspoilt nature and the wonderful views over the Polhov Gradec Hills, the Ljubljansko Barje wetlands, the peaks of the Gorenjska region and the hills of Notranjska. On fine days you can see as far as Triglav and Snežnik. Groups of houses line the main road from Polhov Gradec, among them the Na Sovovem open farm, a primary school and a community centre. Here the road branches off in the direction of the parish church, which stands on a nearby hill, or, to the right past the Košir open farm, towards Pasja Raven and on into Poljanska Dolina. The centre of the village is huddled below the church of St Leonard, standing proudly on a hill (862 metres). The church was built following the earthquake of 1895, a short distance from the site of the original church, first mentioned in historical records in 1526. The carvings in the new church are the work of Valentin Šubic (1859–1927) from nearby Poljane. At the foot of the hill stands a chapel dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Built in 1850, the chapel contains a tabernacle by Simon Rupnik, constructed the same year, and a carved confessional dating from 1797, the work of Bruno Ortner. Črni Vrh got its own school in 1897. A new school was built in 1938 and now serves as a unit of a larger primary school. Črni Vrh has many venerable old trees including a linden over 300 years old. The highest-lying farm is at a height of 960 metres above sea level, where the beautifully restored farm building of the Omejc farm can be seen.