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When you climb out of the Zala ravine to the border of the Godovič area, a completely new world opens up. The view of the diverse countryside between Okroglica and Jelenšek is a pleasant surprise. The village Godovič lies in the centre, surrounded by meadows. In the centre of the village stands the church of St. Urban with the monument to an important Slovenian priest Vinko Kobal in front of it.
 

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Godovič – along the traces of prehistory

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When you climb out of the Zala ravine to the border of the Godovič area, a completely new world opens up. The view of the diverse countryside between Okroglica and Jelenšek is a pleasant surprise. The village Godovič lies in the centre, surrounded by meadows. In the centre of the village stands the church of St. Urban with the monument to an important Slovenian priest Vinko Kobal in front of it.
 

From the parking place you go over the hill to the Šebalk hamlet. Only a couple hundred metres and you reach a smaller man made dam called Šebalski bajer, which serves as a pleasant recreation facility, suitable for swimming in the summer, and occasionally also the scene of summer social events.

Continue past the Italian barracks (Kaposaldo) which is still worth a visit, despite being partly in ruins.

Along the way you will also come across the remains of the former narrow-gauge track railway »feldban« and two railway tunnels. The first one, which is shorter, is still in use today, while the other, nearly 300 m long remains unfinished and is a true technical sight, definitely worth a visit. Continue along the old gravel road and then go down to another wonders of the playful nature. The so called »snake spruce« (kačja smreka) appears in all its uniqueness – with its long and thin branches reigns surrounded by plain spruce trees. Because of its special shape it was listed as a natural monument in 1987.

Full of pleasant impressions go down the hamlet Na Logu, cross the road Idrija-Godovič and go along the gently sloping path uphill toward the centre of the village.

In case you have time for a longer route we recommend a visit of two more sights, which are a bit remote, but they round the richness of the historical heritage of this place. At Jelenšek (817 m) there are remains of prehistoric settlement with archaeological findings dating back more than 2500 years. In the graves they found metal balls, battle axes and bronze swords. Today this terrain is overgrown and only the sharp trained eye of an archaeologist can still notice the terraces and levelations.

On a plateau land near the farm Pesek the footprints of a two-legged upper-Triassic lizard – dinosaur are preserved. Six interesting footprints in stone tell us that a two-legged lizard was walking on what was once seashore and left footprints in the soft mud. At least 200 million years have passed since the lizard's walk in the coastal mud, which is turned into solid dolomite today.

Continue to the main road and return to Godovič through Ivanje Doline. Visiting this sight will take another hour and half along a nicely arranged path, but will truly give you the complete presentation of our village.

Starting point: Centre of Godovič
Length: 4 km
Walking time: 2 h
Difficulty: easy
Elevation:: 54.2 m
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