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Culture, history 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 turbine was used as a power unit in the rolling mill of Jesenice Iron Foundry in Slovenski Javornik (near Jesenice) for thick sheet metal rolling.

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. …

Mesolithic cave site

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 ...


Hit and ride from the station to the station through the miniature city and drive the imaginary passengers into wonderful adventures ...

An exceptional attraction of the village core in Koroška Bela is the oak tree in forma viva, set up by the Parish Cultural Society. According to the analysis by dr. Novak from the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, the oak tree was 140 years old. Unfortunately, it was cut down in 2015, but the villagers won the right to a part of the tree and incorporated it in the village core to be preserved for good.

Folk tradition has it that Štefanec's sign was put up in 1812 in memory of French soldiers who are supposed to be buried nearby. Its desig takes after the characteristic Baroque pillar signs in the Gorenjska region. The shape of the roof and pointed openings lend it a neo-Gothic look. The original religious pictures and sculptures in the niches have not been preserved.

Mežakla’s greatest treasure is its forests. The Slovenian alpine beech forest prevails, and the undergrowth is covered by three-leaved anemone (Anemono trifoliae–Fagetum). In the past beech trees were felled for the needs of the ironworks and charcoal burning, which is why a secondary spruce forest developed on the acidic soil (Adenstylo glabrae–Piceetum).

The area of the former cemetery in the western part of Koroška Bela was converted into a memorial park in 1974 and was named The Hostages Park. The landscape architecture of The Hostages Park was designed by the architectural engineer Gregor Velepec. On the crafted bridge in the park, a bronze sculpture is erected depicting the motif of five hostage bodies, merging into the stylised figure of a flower, created by Jaka Torkar, an academy-trained painter and sculptor and an honorary citizen of the Municipality of Jesenice.

We made a promotional film with the Association of Historic Towns of Slovenia: Promotional film The fair was alive - the tradition of handicrafts of historic towns You are invited to visit!

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