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Podpeca - Succursal Church of St. HelenaThis succursal church of the Črna na Koroškem Parish lies at an altitude of 1026 metres. It is a simple single-nave church consecrated in 1477. It was originally built in the Gothic style but was completely rebuilt in the Baroque style in the 18th century. The church was thoroughly renovated in 1986. Today, the oldest, Gothic part of the building comprises a chapel and a chancel with a preserved Gothic-style pointed-arch window featuring a trefoil. The main altar depicts St. Helena wearing a crown and holding a cross. St. Helena is the patron saint of miners, treasure hunters and nail-makers and is invoked against fire and lightning. The church also features three bye-altars dedicated to St. Agnes, Our Lady and St. Rosalie. Remains of frescoes were discovered in the chancel during the renovation. The northern facade features a well-preserved fresco of St. Christopher. The church has three bronze bells, the smallest being from 1851 and the other two from 1926. A centuries-old linden tree stands near the church.