Culture and art

At the confluence of the Sava Dolinka River and the Ukova Torrent lies the old centre of Jesenice, Old Sava, which today dreams old dreams and breaths the rich tradition of ironworks.

At the confluence of the Sava Dolinka River and the Ukova Torrent lies the old centre of Jesenice, which today dreams old dreams and breaths the rich tradition of ironworks.

Here, all the important elements of an iron foundry settlement can be found in a relatively small area: the mansion, the church, the residential house for workers, the furnace and other facilities, the millpond and the mill. They now form a coherent unit for museum, cultural and tourist activities.

The renovated square offers a new place for public events and the inhabitants of Jesenice and surrounding villages keep coming. This is the meeting point for acquaintances and friends, and from time to time, time simply stops ...

Day after day we are closer to the memories of the year 1538, when the Ruard family began shaping the Old Sava with their mansion. And to all the years that followed.
The building got its name during the times of Napoleon’s journey across Europe. It looks like it will stick for ever. Even though it later housed working families and today ...
On Candlemas, as the tradition wills, all the candles in the church are blessed ...
The centre of the foundry, the heart of the founders... and all those who still remember the hardened hands of the furnace workers. Let it always have its place in the centre of Old Sava.
So many contemporary images are hidden within. Magical, simple, inimitable moments ...

Outside, it is hard and unpolished like the coal that used to lie in heaps under the fragile roof.
How many feet have walked this path? How many heavy thoughts and unfulfilled dreams were lost among the first settlements of Jesenice ... Today, this is the best part of the city for a nice walk.
Only the powerful masters and their friends were allowed to enter here, live in it and boast of it.
Now it is the pride of our town. It is the place for art exhibitions, displays of history and for the magical happy sighs of: yes, forever ...
This is the sanctuary for those humbled by the power of a religious building. And for those who want to bow down before history ...
Steel, this hard, grey metal, inspired the artist. It is the pride of the city and of us, its citizens made of steel ...

The centre of the village of Planina pod Golico is Church of Holy Cross, built in the 17th century for local miners. It has had its own priest since 1844 so that local people could attend the holy service in their own church (they had been going to Jesenice church until then).

It was tested in natural catastrophes. Once it was razed to the ground. Now it stands proudly above the village.
The family of France Prešeren left traces in the village and on the church... They still live here.
Still painted in the colour of its youth, it remembers the bygone times in the stillness of the night. The primary school, the lower and higher grammar schools, the first world war, the first Yugoslavia, the second world war, the second Yugoslavia. Now it peacefully breaths Slovene air. It only gets sad when it tries in vain to count all the students who sang here: gaudeamus igitur …
White May pearls all around. Nearby are three lakes holding life in their healthy waters. And above all this beauty are the well-walked paths towards the peaks of Španov vrh, Bleščica, Stol ...
A witness of history and culture. A place that tells stories about the people form Jesenice, who in addition to hard earned bread, liked to taste also the food for soul ...
The gorge of the “Black creek”, in which you can still see the remains of the black ore and abandoned shafts.

 

Gas station Italian manufacturer SAIS Milan with two 5 liter bottles. …

The farmers worked hard on their land. No noisy tractors, no exhaust fumes. What they grew, they stored carefully. To survive ...

Never did the enemy discover this little house in the middle of the forest where the wounded recovered from their injuries. And their heavy thoughts ...

 

Here sleep the souls of the Old Jesenice. And here float the memories of all their inhabitants who rest in foreign soil. Friends sit on the benches and sometimes mothers push their strollers among the blossoming bushes.

The town where nothing old ever dies. A place for dreams of future ...

 

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