List of Slovenian UNESCO sites is getting longer

Published: 19.6.2018

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List of Slovenian UNESCO sites is getting longer

Slovenia has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list for more than three decades, not only with its natural and cultural heritage, but also as part of the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

List of Slovenian UNESCO sites is getting longer

Slovenia’s first natural heritage registered on the UNESCO  list in 1986 was the breath-taking Karst cave system with the largest underground canyon in Europe that is 146 metres high. The Škocjan Caves are open for tourists and it is the second most-visited cave system in Slovenia. Alongside with the Škocjan Caves, the Krokar Primeval Forest and Snežnik-Ždrolce reserves are registered on the list as part of the group nomination of primeval and ancient beech forests of the Carpathian Mountains and in other European regions.

Two other landmark sites are registered on the UNESCO list, namely the prehistoric pile dwellings in Ig, Ljubljansko Barje as one of the transnational archaeological sites of prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps, and the mercury heritage of Idrija alongside that of the Spanish town of Almadén.

The latest news from UNESCO is that the door-to-door rounds of the Kurenti has joined the Škofja Loka Passion Play, an impressive open-air theatre play staged by 900 actors every 6 years on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Kurent  is a traditional carnival figure that at the end of winter chases away the evil and invites spring to come to Slovenia by loudly ringing cow bells.

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