On the wings of folk imagination

Have you ever listened closely when someone is narrating a myth or a legend? In almost any place in Slovenia you will learn or hear an interesting story that will stir up your imagination.  Let us take you to the world of the most famous Slovenian myths and legends. It is up to you to find their trails and explore the beauty of Slovenia on the wings of your imagination.

King Matjaž

The legend of King Matjaž tells a story about the good king who ruled during the times of Carantania. He ruled during the golden era in the present-day Carinthia, which other sovereigns didn't like. So, they sent an army to fight the good king. King Matjaž and a hundred of his soldiers retreated to the hidden cave under Mount Peca and sat behind the stone table. The legend says that Matjaž will return and eliminate injustice from the world when his beard wraps around the table nine times and when a linden tree grows in front of the entrance to the cave in winter. Until then, you can explore his kingdom in many different ways.  

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Kayaking adventure through the underground of Mount Peca

Peca’s underground can be experienced in a special way. Paddle kayaks 700 metres below the ground through flooded and abandoned mine tunnels and on underground lakes, and experience the previous life of the mine accompanied by a former miner.

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Goldenhorn

The Kingdom of the Goldenhorn stretches throughout the Julian Alps. According to a legend, a golden-horned chamois used to rule this world, and his horns were the key to an immense treasure. Once upon a time, a young hunter from the Trenta Valley, who was unfortunate in love, shot at the Goldenhorn, but Triglav flowers grew from the drops of the animal’s blood and eating these gave it tremendous vitality. The Goldenhorn pushed the hunter over the precipice and in its anger destroyed the kingdom with its horns. But the treasure remains hidden in the Triglav mountain range. Find it in many natural beauties and wonders.

Martin Krpan

Although the story about Martin Krpan was written by the writer Fran Levstik, Slovenians took this powerful giant from Vrh pri Sveti Trojici for their hero of mythological importance. The story tells about the salt “smuggler” whose strength was once used by the emperor himself. When the horrific giant Brdavs came rumbling to Vienna, the emperor remembered Krpan immediately. To fight Brdavs, Martin Krpan used only a butcher’s axe, a bat made from the empress’ linden tree and his mare and succeeded in defeating him. As his reward, he got the licence to transport English salt.

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Legend of the sunken bell

The legend of the sunken bell tells a story about the noble lady Poliksena, who, while grieving for her husband, collected all her gold and silver and used it to cast a bell for the chapel on Bled Island. But, while the bell was being transported to the island, a storm came over the lake and sunk the boat carrying the bell. The sad widow left Bled and went to a convent in Rome. When the Pope heard her story, he ordered that a new bell be made and placed in the steeple of the church on Bled Island. And this bell is said to have special powers.

 

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