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Spodnja Idrija is the second largest settlement in the Idrija Municipality. It has developed into a natural, traditional and permanent centre of a geographically and infrastructurally connected territory. 

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  • Contact info available at: TIC Idrija, Mestni trg 2, 5280 Idrija
  • Phone: +386 (0)5 374 39 16
  • E-mail: tic@visit-idrija.si
  • Website: www.spodnja-idrija.si
  • Distance from the TIC office: 4,3 km, a 6-minute drive
  • How to get there:
    From the centre of Idrija take the main road towards Tolmin and you are in Spodnja Idrija.
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Spodnja Idrija is the second largest settlement in the Idrija Municipality. It has developed into a natural, traditional and permanent centre of a geographically and infrastructurally connected territory. 

Idrija and Spodnja Idrija meet (or are separated) along the 4-kilometer long main road called Keltika, which connects central Slovenia with the valley of the river Soča and the state border with Italy. 

The landscape in the area is very diverse and picturesque. Spodnja Idrija is much older than the neighbouring and larger Idrija, which became famous throughout the world for its mercury mine. While the Idrija valley was still predominantly covered with forests during the Middle Ages, the valley of the river Idrijca to the present-day Spodnja Idrija was at that time already well populated in the direction of Tolmin. The settlement thus boasts an 800-hundred-year-long documented historical past and cultural tradition. The traditional legend recounts the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary at Skalca above the Idrijca River, where later the first chapel was built. The first reference to the small church was recorded in the 12th century, the year 1156 seems most likely. The present-day parish church of Our Lady of Assumption, in local usage ‘Marija na Skalci ‘ (Mary on the Rock), prides itself on an 850-year-long history. In the 15th century it became an independent parish and was as such also granted permanently appointed priests.

The oldest farms in the area trace their roots back to the Middle Ages, according to some documents from at least the 14th century. On the other side of the riverbank, at the same altitude as the parish church, the Kenda Manor shows off its charms. It is the successor of a former monumental farm estate, which has been reconstructed into a modern, high-class accommodation-catering facility. The roots of the manor reach back into the Late Middle Ages, when its first proprietors managed the farm estate above the Idrijca. Later the solid and eminent Kenda family encouraged the economic and cultural progress of the town. Next to the manor there is a well-preserved and refurbished old granary, which was ambitiously painted with figural and ornamental motifs in 1796. Among the decorative fragments you can also find a 'tree of life'.

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Contact

TIC Idrija, Mestni trg 2

+386 (0)5 37 43 916
tic@visit-idrija.si

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