SHOW 557 .. 1st June 2018
- IDRIJA LACE
- THE TREASURE OF
- PRIMOŽ PUGELJ, SCULPTOR
- SAMO KREFT AND
- GORGES OF CERKNO HILLS
The former mining town of Idrija in the western part of Slovenia is regarded as the cradle of Slovenian lace. Idrija bobbin lace represents an integral component of Slovenian cultural heritage, and because of this, Slovenia is bidding to include Idrija lace onto the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. Lace-making, which is still a living practice, has also spread to some other parts of the country at the end of the 19th century.
The Predjama Castle, a stone's throw away from the world-famous Postojna Cave, is undoubtedly the most picturesque castle in Slovenia. This stunning creation, built into the 123 metres high rock face, and which has excited the imagination for centuries, was hiding a real treasure for a long period of time. It was discovered during the castle's renovation less than three decades ago.
SCULPTOR PRIMOŽ PUGELJ
Head-masks represent the bulk of sculptor Primož Pugelj's oeuvre, although he creates other pieces, too. Primož Pugelj makes his head-masks from various materials, in different techniques and sizes. His sculptures enrich and embellish private and public spaces throughout the country.
SAMO KREFT AND MEDICINAL PLANTS
Plants have always been the main source of human medicine, but were – with a few exceptions – pushed beyond official medicine in the past century. However, their status is gaining ground again in recent times. Slovenian pharmacists, including Samo Kreft, have a few years ago discovered one of the strongest antioxidants in the world, namely an extract from the silver fir.
The Cerkno Hills in the western area of Slovenia is dotted with numerous gorges and ravines, hiding wild, unspoilt nature, beautiful streams and waterfalls. The majority of gorges found here are more or less impassable and thus inaccessible for the average hiker, but some, including Zakojška grapa, can nevertheless be visited.
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