Travel Diary 57: Idrija, Slovenia

by Agnes Felber November. 25, 2013 3039 views

Idrija is a town in western Slovenia. It is notable for its mercury mine. Together with the Spanish mine at Almadén, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.
In 2011, Idrija was given the Alpine Town of the Year award.

Mercury was discovered in Idrija (known as Idria under Austrian rule) in the late 15th century. Mining operations were taken over by the government in 1580. The mineral idrialite, discovered here in 1832, is named after the town

According to legend, a bucket maker working in a local spring spotted a small amount of liquid mercury over 500 years ago. Idrija is one of the few places in the world where mercury occurs in both its elemental liquid state and as cinnabar (mercury sulfide) ore.

And this is my friend , LaVonne and our our faithful little Honda that took us on this trip of several thousands of miles, on sometimes hair raising terrains, without a hitch.

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Lisa Charbonneau 6 years, 10 months ago

Nice set! nice place,

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Yves Monast 6 years, 10 months ago

awesome post...

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Dan Ravasio 6 years, 10 months ago

Really ornate stuff, Agnes...

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Mikkal Noptek 6 years, 10 months ago

Great report!! I love the paintings on the walls

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