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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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            Stories From Land Registers

            A historical land register or urbar is a book recording the taxes and fees paid by serfs throughout the feudal period. Such records are resources for studying agrarian and non-agrarian holdings, and a starting point for a wealth of economic, demographic, environmental, genealogical and other research. This article offers a brief presentation of the history of these land registers, and the contents ...

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              The Park of Military History in Pivka is Becoming The Most-Visited Museum in Slovenia

              The Park of Military History in Pivka is getting more and more visitors. Staff members are convinced that they have the most interesting collection of its kind in Europe and that no one leaves disappointed. Last year, the Park was visited by 41,000 people. This number will certainly be surpassed this year. After all, the museum and its various exhibits ...

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                Man Brings a 250 Kilogram WW II American Bomb into his Courtyard

                A local resident found an unexploded World War II American bomb at Vurberk Castle in the Duplek municipality on Wednesday. The procedure for the deactivation of the unexploded bomb will be very demanding because the finder moved it. The man found the 250 kilograms American World War II aerial bomb on a slope, approximately 50 meters in front of the ...

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                  A Historic Passion For Horses

                  Slovenia’s Ljutomer area in the northeastern part of the country is famous for its white wines and its bucolic landscapes, but few realize that it’s also the origin of a unique breed of horse. A museum has now been set up to share the story of the Ljutomer Trotter with the world. Horse breeding has been a mainstay in the ...

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                    The Legacy of an Industrialist

                    Žiga (or Sigmund) Zois was a Slovenian industrialist; among others things, he operated several ironworks. But he was much more than that. As was common at the time, he used his wealth to serve as patron of the arts, a man of books, and a collector of minerals. Zois was born in the port city of Trieste in 1747 to ...

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