What is a must-see in KROPA?
Discovering the surroundings
In summer, you can enjoy the public swimming pool at the end (or beginning) of Kropa, which also offers volleyball and tennis courts. and a bar. Entrance fee.
6 sights we recommend you to visit in kropa:
- Slovenska peč / Slovenian furnace – The oldest preserved smelting furnace in Slovenia and one of the oldest preserved in Europe. It was in use until the middle of the 15th century. It represents an archaeological phenomenon in the field of iron-making technical heritage. (The furnace is shaped like a pyramid pointing downwards, measuring about three metres in height).
- Kovaški muzej / The Blacksmith Museum Centuries of forging tradition is gathered in the imposing Klinar House in the middle of the square, the first technical museum in Slovenia.
- Vigenjc Vice – a forge where nails were once made by hand, with the help of water (water wheels). It is the only fully preserved forge for manual nail hammering. In the 19th century, as many as 50 water wheels rotated on Kroparica, at a distance of 1200 m.
- Town square – ‘Plac’ and the famous blacksmith’s houses – an intermediate variant between a peasant’s house and a middle-class house (Potočnik’s house, Mazzolova’s house, Fovšaritnica, Lodnova’s house with a sign and others), Nemška or Gosposka gasa (lane).
- Water reservoir ‘bajer’ and Water troughs – ‘rake’, Zgornje fužine
- The Church of St. Lenart and the subsidiary church of the Mother of God, which was once a pilgrimage destination. There is a legend associated with its construction, which the locals love to tell you.
- The launching of the barge on the eve of St.Gregory’s Day (11 March) is a custom associated with the beginning of spring and has a centuries-old tradition in the town. In the past, when there was no electricity and the sun did not shine in the valley for 4 months, St Gregory’s Day marked a turning point in the lives of the blacksmiths, who no longer needed artificial light for their work. They symbolically welcomed the arrival of spring and light by throwing burning objects into the water: old clogs, baskets and ‘jerbas’. Today, children make different models, put a burning candle in them, and drop them into the water. Worth seeing.
- ‘Kovaški šmaren’ is a local feast day. The celebration commemorates the first consecration of the Church of the Mother of God in Kropa. During the celebration, which takes place on the first Saturday of July every year, you can watch live hand-forging of nails and blacksmith’s wares, the cooking of a charcoal pile and the smelting of iron ore, or try one of Kropar’s traditional dishes and mingle with the locals at the ‘Plac’. A truly authentic experience.
- The painting colony for adults takes place every year during the celebration of Kovaški Šmarn.
- Kropa’s Happy day of culture is one of the major events in the second half of the year.