Gorje

Discover the traditional trades of the Gorenjska region which are being revived once again.

This area includes the villages which lie northwest of Bled towards Pokljuka. The road forks in Spodnje Gorje – one turn leads to the well-known Vintgar gorge or through Poljane towards Jesenice, whilst the other turn leads to Zgornje Gorje and further towards Pokljuka. Zgornje Gorje, a densely settled village at the top of a gently sloping ridge, is the central settlement with the parish Church of St. George (sv. Jurij). Not far away, near the small village of Krnica, lies the interesting Pokljuška ravine, also known as Pokljuška Luknja ( Pokljuka Hole). Its good sunny location invited people to settle here in the ancient past – evidence of which is provided by finds in the Poljšica or Poglej “Church” – as the natives call one of the two Karst caves behind the village of Poljščica – these date from late Paleolithic and Mesolithic times. Several Old Slavic gravesites have been found in Spodnje Gorje. The symbol of Gorje is a bell, because in old times the craft of bell-making flourished in these places, and the production of cow bells is now being revived. Blacksmiths’ workshops, sawmills and cheese factories are also worth visiting.

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Are you perhaps interested in how Gorje sound in the tune of its bells. Get familiar also with other traditional trades and treat yourself with some home-made cheese.

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