Monday, 30 March 2015

Welcome to the Municipality of Trebnje!

All tourists who are staying in Hostel Novo mesto in the town Novo mesto, are kindly invited to visit the Municipality of Trebnje, about 10 minutes away by car.

Embraced by the river Temenica, in the dynamic area between the Alps, the Dinaric Karst and the Pannonian Plain, lays the Municipality of Trebnje with 163.3 square kilometers of land, 12.000 inhabitants and many sights. In the centre of the municipality lies the city of Trebnje; a linear, urbanized settlement, which climbs the terraces and hills on the left bank of the river Temenica. In this region you will certainly enjoy the natural beauty, lovely views and the scents of the forests, and feel the softness of the nearby rounded hills. The sunny vineyards invite you as a haven with their wide open cottage doors and friendly people, where wide meadows and numerous other sites, like pearls, are just waiting to be discovered!

The City of Trebnje; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The 15th Meridian passes through the Municipality of Trebnje; a half of an imaginary great circle that connects the Earth’s poles and all the locations, where the sun rises, peaks and sets at the same time, and determines the longitude 15° 00´ 00´´. On the lookout point on top of the hill of Vrhtrebnje a stone plaque with a sun dial and a bronze relief of Slovenia was built, where important cities, higher peaks and the course of the 15th Meridian in Slovenia are shown. 

Stone marker at Vrhtrebnje; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The fish pond Blato was created after the rehabilitation of a failed factory of ceramic tiles in the village of Račje selo. A large number of fish live in the pond and next to it a restored double hayrack from 1902 named Florijan houses an ethnological collection.

Fish pond Blato; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The Jurij Homestead, a monument of local importance, is located in the settlement of Občine at the edge of the region of Dry Carniola. Due to cultural, ethnological, regional, historic and other exceptional characteristics it has a special meaning for sharing information about the life of country folk in the time before, during and right after World War II. The homestead is compact and is composed of a single-story farmhouse, an outhouse, a wooden granary, a barn, a well, a trellis and an orchard. After visiting the homestead you will be touched by the spirit of the past and the interconnection of memories and new discoveries!

Jurij Homestead house; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The Baraga Homestead in the village of Mala vas is the birthplace of the Slovenian missionary Frederic Irenaeus Baraga. Two rooms in the house are set up as memorial rooms, one room is decorated with the furniture of the time and the rest with a museum presentation of objects and marked stations of Baraga’s life in Canada and the USA. There he wrote books for North American natives, taught them how to read and write, diverted them from alcohol and enabled for them to learn crafts. While staying in La Pointe, Wisconsin, he wrote in German the book History, Character, Customs and Habits of North American Indians, through which Europeans first learned about the story of the Indian princess Pocahontas. The work is the first book by a Slovenian author describing foreign people.

Baraga Homestead; Author: Author: Samo Kastelic;
In the late sixties a camp of naive artists was founded in Trebnje, where since 1968, artists from all over the world gathered every year. For the duration of the camp the artists stayed in Trebnje free of charge and donated in exchange the works created to the town of Trebnje and since 1971 to the Gallery of Naive Artists. This formed a collection of over 1000 artistic works: paintings, reliefs, and sculptures created by 270 artists from 40 countries. Included are works from artists, whose art pieces are displayed in renowned museums and galleries across the world. Today the Gallery of Naive Artists in Trebnje is known as the only collection of naive art in Slovenia and as one of the more important collections of the kind in the world. 

The Holy Mother of God Pilgrimage Church on the hill of Zaplaz at the village of Čatež is a central pilgrimage point in the Diocese of Novo mesto. Because of its prominent position on top of the hill of Zaplaz, it is an important gathering place for many pilgrims and hikers. Built around 1926, it differs from other churches because of its two Secession style towers that rise majestically and are its most recognizable parts. Bellow the hill of Zaplaz lies the village of Čatež, the endpoint of the writer Fran Levstik’s journey from Litija to Čatež.

Holy Mother of God Pilgrimage Church; Author: Samo Kastelic;
The church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary is situated in the centre of Trebnje and has a copper bell tower, which can be recognized from afar due to its green color. The current Late Gothic church with three naves and six octagonal pillars from 1443 is built on the site of an older church. It is decorated with a late Baroque presbytery with a fresco of the Assumption of Mary by the Slovenian painter Matevž Langus and built into the hall is a Roman relief of three busts.

At Medvedjek, a site of the Slovenian Independence War, which took place in 1991, an interesting memorial park was created, formed by a concrete tank barrier with a memorial plaque and a BOV 3 tank – literally “Combat Armored Vehicle”. The BOV 3 was a part of an armed conflict at Medvedjek and in the Krakovo forest. The memorial park was built for the 20th anniversary of the conflicts in the memory and reminder of the Independence War and the events that happened in the area.

The City of Dobrnič, Author: Občina Trebnje;
The cultural centre in the village of Dobrnič houses the Memorial Room of the founding 1st Congress of the Slovenian Anti-Fascist Women’s Association, which through photographs brings visitors closer to the image of the difficult times. The congress, unique in Europe of the time, took place here. Women, elected from all parts of Slovenia and all military units, in which they operated, attended.

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