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Visiting the second largest mercury mine in the world surely is a unique and pleasant experience. Get to know the mysterious underground world in Anthony’s Shaft – you might run into Prekmandlc, the pit dwarf, himself! He used to tease the miners, sometimes show them the way to rich ore deposits, but mostly just made himself heard in the distant pits digging his own ore.

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Anthony’s Shaft – tourist mine

Anthony’s Shaft – tourist mine

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  • Address: Kosovelova 3, 5280 Idrija
  • Contact info available at: Antonijev rov
  • Phone: +386 (0)5 377 11 42, +386 (0)31 810 194
  • E-mail: infohg@cudhg-idrija.si
  • Website: http://www.cudhg-idrija.si
  • Distance from the TIC office: 170m, a 1-min drive, a 2-min walk
  • How to get there:
    Cross the Mestni trg and then the Ahacijev trg. The building is just opposite the bridge.
  • Accessible by: bus, car, motorbike, bicycle, on foot
  • Entrance fee: yes
  • Ticket prices:
    Adults: EUR 10.00
    Seniors, students up to 26 years: EUR 8.00
    Children, secondary students: EUR 5.00
    Children 3-5 years: EUR 2.00
    Video presentation and tour of upper part of mine: EUR 4.50
    Video presentation: EUR 2.00
  • Suggested time to visit: all year long
  • Suggested length of visit: 1,5 hours
  • Accessibility for the disabled:
    yes – only multivision and the upper part of the pit
  • Important information: group visit timing can be adjusted
  • Guests: groups, individuals, families
  • GEO:45.999606000000 / 14.022613525391

Visiting the second largest mercury mine in the world surely is a unique and pleasant experience. Get to know the mysterious underground world in Anthony’s Shaft – you might run into Prekmandlc, the pit dwarf, himself! He used to tease the miners, sometimes show them the way to rich ore deposits, but mostly just made himself heard in the distant pits digging his own ore.

Anthony’s Shaft presents the hard daily work routine of miners, the precious cinnabar ore, drops of mercury and the unique and extraordinary underground chapel. The Holy Trinity Chapel was built at the end of the pit in the mid-18th century, equipped with the trinity relief and supplemented with the statues of their own patron saints – St. Achatius and St. Barbara.

Anthony’s Shaft was first opened in the year 1500 and is known to be one of the oldest still preserved entrances into mines in Europe. It is also the oldest part of the mine in Idrija. You will see presentations of old working processes in the mine, from manual ore excavation, loading ore in carts, transporting the full carts etc. All presentations include original tools, old tool copies and dummies. The total length of the pit at this level is about 300 metres. At the beginning of the pit Šelštev, the mighty building that was used as a register office was built in the 18th century.  


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TIC Idrija, Mestni trg 2

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

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