Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Welcome to Šempeter

Šempeter lies in the heart of Slovenia known as the Lower Savinja Valley, by the road that leads from Celje to Ljubljana. Because of its position, Šempeter can boast many sites of historical and cultural importance. But not only that, Šempeter is also a place where nature shows its beautiful side.

The Cave Pekel
Explore the magic karst cave, full of interesting cave structures that – with a bit of imagination – transform into most enchanting images. Such is, for example, the image of the devil above the cave entrance.

For millions of years the Ponikvica Stream ran through the Ponikvanski karts Plateau, trickled through limestone and, in the heart of the Lower Savinja Valley, carved the magnificent karst cave Pekel. With a bit of imagination, one can discern an image of the devil above the cave entrance. In the winter when the temperature in the cave is higher than the temperature outside, vapors can be seen coming out of the cave. That made people afraid of it, hence the name Pekel Cave (eng. hell). 

The Cave Pekel
The Pekel Cave is a karst cave with a long history. More than 3 million years old, it lies in the middle of the Ponikvanski kras region, about 4 km north of Šempeter in “Savinjski dolini” (Savinja Valley). The cave was created by the Ponikvica Stream that disappears in front of the cave and reappears in the cave as the Peklenščica Stream. The 1159-meter long path through the cave is easy and well maintained. 

Through the lower, water part of the cave runs the Peklenščica Stream, leading to the greatest monument in the cave, the 4-meter high waterfall. It is the highest underground waterfall in Slovenia that can be seen from the immediate vicinity. The upper part of the cave is dry and full of cave structures. Because the water is carrying many diferent minerals, the dripstones glitter in various shades of red and brown. 

The Cave Pekel

The Roman Necropolis
Almost 2,000 years ago, an immensely important Roman road was passing through Šempeter, connecting Roman towns Aquilea, Emona, Celeia and Poetovio (sl. Oglej–Ljubljana–Celje–Ptuj). Many powerful Roman patricians lived nearby and some were buried in the tombs of the Roman Necropolis in Šempeter. 

The Roman Necropolis is one of the most important and beautifully preserved Roman monuments in Slovenia and Central Europe. It is an open-air museum, exhibiting masterpiece tombs, works of the most skilled Roman craftsmen.

The Roman Necropolis
The discovery of the Necropolis happened quite coincidentally in 1952, when works in an orchard revealed a statue of a sitting woman. Few years after the excavation, the beautifully preserved archaeological site Roman Necropolis in Šempeter was opened. It is still seen as one of the most important remains from the Roman era. 

After the discovery of the Roman Necropolis, more than 600 items were found and over 100 family tombs excavated. The most beautiful tombs are the large tombs made of Pohorje marble, ornamented with the high-relief statues of the buried families. The Spectatius family tomb is the largest and is covered with reliefs of four seasons. The Ennius family tomb is said to be the most beautiful and depicts the mythical scene of Europe’s abduction. Every tomb tells its own 2,000-year-old story, describing antique mythology and Roman lifestyle.

One part of the tomb
There is a special discount for HI members who would like to visit the Roman Necropolis and the Cave Pekel. More information you can find on web page: http://ow.ly/x2BJr 

Roman Road
East to the Roman Necropolis the remains of a Roman road Aquilea–Emona–Celeia–Poetovio were found. The road, altogether 9 metres wide, connected the ancient town of Aquilea (now Italy) with Slovene towns of Ljubljana, Celje and Ptuj. Along the 300 metres of the preserved road, are outlines of graves and tombs. The Roman road is a five-minute walk away from the archaeological site Roman Necropolis.

Roman Road
The St. Peter church
The church was first mentioned in a written document in 1256. The church was built in Romanesque style and later enlarged by late Gothic presbytery and bell tower. 

St. Peter’s Church
The exceptional statue of Madonna and Child dating in 1320 is the most remarkable monument in the church. Brought here from neighboring Novi Klošter, it shows Mother Mary with Child Jesus holding a dove. The statue is one of the most famous and beautiful Gothic statues in Slovenia. Few years ago, it was exhibited in the Louvre.

More information: 
Ob rimski nekropoli 2
3311 Šempeter v Savinjski dolini
Telefon: +386 3 700 20 56

Where you can book quality and affordable bed?

Youth Hostel Celje
MCC Hostel is located in a recently refurbished historical building that is highly efficient in the use of natural resources and is ecologically sound. The youth hotel offers 42 beds in 11 rooms, each one theme-decorated by a group of artists to take you into a parallel universe of myths and legends from Celje's history. You can be tucked to sleep by restless fish on the glittering surface of a lake, or use graphite to leave your mark in the room where you spent your best holiday ever, dress up as a real ninja, sample the spirit of the socialist past, or find out what in god's name Alfred Nobel was doing in Celje. 

Mariborska 2
3000 Celje
+386 (0)40 75 60 09

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