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Crowd in Mojstrana admires arrival of Aljaž Tower by helicopter

Several hundred locals, journalists and other spectators waited at the heliport in Mojstrana for the arrival of the Aljaž Tower, which for the first time in its 123-year history left the Triglav summit due to maintenance and restoration works. The procedure started at around 5 in the morning when the head of the project, Martin Kavčič from the Slovenian Cultural ...

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The Music of a Mining Town

For centuries, the town of Idrija in western Slovenia was famous for its mercury mine. Now closed and preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the mine provided a livelihood to generations of local residents. It also led to the creation of a wind band that is among the oldest in the world. After mercury was discovered in the area ...

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The Mysteries of Slovenia’s Gunpowder Factory

Tourists who travel from Kamnik to the Kamniška Bistrica Valley are often intrigued by a large complex of walled-in, largely abandoned buildings. The vaguely menacing complex was once the site of a gunpowder factory set up for the needs of the Austro-Hungarian Army. The factory was established in the 1850s. The Austro-Hungarian Army had confiscated a gunpowder facility in the ...

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A Generous Donation

The town of Kamnik is best known for its medieval old town and for the mountains that surround it. But in the outskirts, visitors can also find a Gothic convent that has been the home of nuns for centuries. The first building on the spot, in an area known as Mekinje, was built in the 12th century. According to legend, the ...

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Slovenia’s Ski Making Pioneer

Slovenia has a along tradition of skiing; the residents of the Bloke Plateau were the first in Central Europe to use skis for transportation. But it was a man named Jakob Rozman who created the first Slovenian brand of skis – and helped to make skiing the national pastime. The story began in the Bohinj Valley, which is surrounded by ...

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A Doctor’s Vision

Franc Derganc was not just one of Slovenia’s leading surgeons; he was also a medical entrepreneur. He set up the first private hospital in Slovenia – an institution that would play a key role in the country’s resistance to Fascist occupation. Derganc was born in the sleepy Bela Krajina town of Semič, a place known for its gentle vineyards and ...

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The Actress Who Brought the World Stage to Provincial Ljubljana

At a time when Slovenian theater was in its infancy, a woman named Marija Vera redefined the profession and won acclaim throughout Central Europe. With her cosmopolitan spirit, she also managed to leave a profound legacy on the Slovenian stage. Marija Vera was born Franziska Xaveria Maria Eppich in the northern Slovenian town of Kamnik in 1881. Of mixed Slovenian ...

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A Tower with a Dark History

The ruined Soteska Castle in the Krka River Valley has a long and colorful history, but it’s the mysterious structure nearby that still captures the imagination of both locals and passers-by. The building, a vertical garden pavilion shaped like a four-leaf clover, is known as the Devil’s Tower (Hudičev turn). According to local legend one of the noblemen who occupied ...

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Bridging the Centuries

These days, the Slovenian town of Zidani Most is best known as a railroad junction. However, its name, which means “Stone Bridge” in Slovenian, serves as a reminder of several historic bridges built at the confluence of the Sava and the Savinja rivers – structures that helped to bring the Slovenian Lands closer together. Historians don’t know when the first ...

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Nostalgic Walk Around Maribor’s Legendary TAM Factory

This year marks the 70th anniversary of TAM, Maribor’s automobile company, which had a significant impact on the development of the city. The jubilee visitors were able to see where the production used to take place as well as the underground tunnels, which are an important legacy of this former factory. In the best of times, the factory had thousands ...

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