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Gorenjska was among the first Slovenian regions to further the development of tourism, which coincided with the development of tourism in Europe. For instance, the very first graphic depiction of Lake Bled, with the church on the island and the castle perched above the lake, was made as early as 1851, which ranks as one of the country's earliest souvenirs.

The central modern souvenir of Bled is the wishing bell, a miniature copy of the wellknown bell hanging in the church tower on the island of Lake Bled, which visitors ring so that their wishes come true. The miniature bell is also associated with the famous Bled legend of the sunken bell.

Not far from Bled lies Bohinj, a place with a magnificent Alpine lake and home to the spicy matured cheese, the »Bohinj Mohant«, which is a true delight for the most refined gastronomic tastes. It can be savoured as a spread  or garnish or used in the baking of strongtasting Mohant biscuits.

One of the typical creative activities of the Alpine areas is represented by an assortment of wooden products. Among them are meticulously carved pigeons symbolising the Holy Spirit, which were and still are hung above tables in central living spaces.

In Kropa, the old centre of nail making and blacksmithing, skilled hands forge lovely handheld candleholders to the design of the world-famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1872–1957).

Many towns and villages across the Gorenjska region are home to a number of excellent beekeepers, whose honey, mead and other apiary products are a signifinant part of Slovenia's all-natural delicacies. The Museum of Apiculture in Radovljica holds remarkable testaments to the importance of beekeeping for Gorenjska and Slovenia as a whole.

Of all the old pottery centres in the Gorenjska region, the art of pottery was kept alive only in Komenda and its surroundings. Potter Franc Kremžar, based in Gmajnica near Komenda, carries on the pottery tradition of old Komenda potters.

Handicraft in the nearby town of Kamnik dates back to the mid-19th century. The local ceramic workhop has been producing decorative and functional ceramics in the faience technique since 1911, and the most widely known product is the so-called Kamnik majolica.

The Kosmač handicraft workshop, based in Bistrica pri Tržiču, produces elaborate replicas of various functional and ornamental items made of wood, which are kept in museums and private collections. Among them are wooden pocket sundials, exactly like the ones which would have been used by shepherds on the Velika Planina pasture above Kamnik.

From Železniki come the hand-shaped honey breads known as »Dražgoše breads«. Named after the village of Dražgoše, which is situated on the hillside above Železniki, the honey breads are a popular gift for children, couples in love, for various festive occasions and life's milestones. 
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Administrator : SPIRIT Slovenija | | last modified: 09/02/2011

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