Where memories from ancient time whisper
Tourist information centre Tržič
Trg svobode 18 4290 Tržič
At the time when the surface of the earth was formed, the area of the Karavanke mountains was covered with warm sea in which there was food and living conditions for the development of different animal and vegetation species. The remains and traces of former life are preserved even today. In Slovenia there is no other site where so many different kinds of fossils can be found as in the Dovžan Gorge.
The visit of Dovžan Gorge takes place along a regulated viewing path as well as along a part of the Slovenian geological path. Different sorts of limestone, sandstone, breccia, and conglomerate will be our company all the way to Exhibition – educational centre (RIS) in the village of Dolina.
In the RIS one can view two collections; the first displays fossils from newer and middle ages samples found in Slovenia, while the second displays the samples of stones and fossils from the Dovžan Gorge. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to literature on the Dovžan gorge. In the central area you can view the exhibition Jeledol – Dolina bouquet by the female painter Darja Zupan. The displayed works look at the places, houses, and views of the picturesque landscape of Dolina and Jelendol. The exhibition can also be understood as homage to the environment where the painter grew up.
We will have lunch in a pleasant local restaurant, »Pr' Krvin«.
The permanent collection »Mammoth hunters – the Ice Age in Europe« displays man's evolution and environment in the period 3,500,000 until 14,000 BC. According to its contents the collection is divided into four parts which display Africa – the cradle of humanity, the life of the first Europeans, the hard life of Neanderthal man and modern man – mammoth hunter. The collection, about the development of man, is supplemented by the collection of animals where small shells as well as one of the largest of live beings which at any time walked our planet, the dinosaur, are displayed. Thus in one place the most famous Ice Age sites in Slovenia and in the area from Spain to Siberia, the near East and Africa are displayed.
Min. number of participants
From the town we will set off towards the Šentanska valley where, according to legend, the original settlement of Tržič was located. At Lajb, in the upper part of the settlement of Podljubelj the remains of a former mining settlement are preserved. Past two miner's shacks and visible remains of shaft-like burning furnaces we will ascend to Anthony's Shaft, a ventilating shaft of the Šentanska mine. The vermilion ore which was used to produce mercury, which was very precious, was caught between individual layers of limestone. From the year 1557 until 1902, 180 tons of mercury was obtained from the mine, for which 60,000 tons of ore needed to be mined. Miners used to dig in steep open cuts on eight levels, five levels were interconnected with a 150m long blind shaft. The total cave system is 5 km long and is completely preserved. Besides the vermilion ore we will be able to view typical cave euphorbia and cave beetles and other insects which like living in quiet and damp dark caves.
: 10 Max. number of participants
Price: 10,73 € per person (guidance, accident insurance, entrance fees and lunch)