Zre?e Museums - Slovenia
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Surrounded by majestic peaks of Pohorje, where Dravinja river calms down and links this world with Dravinja hills visitors can find Zreče - a young Slovenian city, inspired by a successful economy and fast development of tourism activities.
Evidences on Brinje mountain and village of Gračič show that the first settlement on Zreče area is dating back in the Neolithic period nearly 4,000 years ago. The first written records about the fate of this area date back to early Middle Ages, when Zreče were divided into several ecclesiastical and secular estates. Among castles, the most important one was Freudenberg Castle, which stood on the hill below the mountain Brinje and was first mentioned in 1224.
Different crafts started to develop very early in Zreče - sawmills, mills, timber industry, small mines and especially blacksmithing which soon after the first World War I developed into a real blacksmith industry. At the same time the city started to develop tourism which today presents one of the most important industry within the area. A variety of accommodation and catering facilities were opened together with natural and cultural attractions. Six museum collections are currently available to visitors:
- Museum of narrow gauge railway line Poljčane - Slovenian Konjice - Zreče
Zreče railway station is the only preserved narrow gauge railway station on line Poljčane - Slovenian Konjice - Zreče. Narrow gauge railway line Poljčane - Slovenjske Konjice was opened in 1892 and extended to Zreče in 1921. Due to low efficiency, the railway Poljčane - Zreče was abolished in 1962.
- Museum of »100 Frankolovo victims' in Stranice
The museum was built to honor the event in the World War II when 100 Slovenian patriots were hanged in Graben on Stranice. The author of the collection mag. Kregar Tone received the Valvasor prize in 2006.
- Ošlak forge
According to written sources the forge dates back in 1770 while the date when the forge got the nowadays look is 1789. Decorated with different blacksmith ornaments and traditional facade it presents one of the most preserved museums in the area. A special object within the museums is blacksmith's hammer, also called Repac. The collection is also rich with home-made tools for the needs of farming.
- Šrekl - Zajc forge
The forge was formed by the merger of smaller craft maker Šrekl Ivan and farmer forge of Ignac Zajc. Nowadays the museum collects a wide blacksmith-technical heritage tools.
- Skomarje house
Skomarje house dates back in 1803 and presents one of the most important cultural monuments of the area south of Pohorje hills and Dravinja Valley and has special design - a transitional type which is a combination of late middle ages smokehouse and advanced developed house with a black kitchen.
- Vodovnik's collection at Skomarje
The collection was established in Skomarje parsonage next to the church of Saint Lambert and was completely dedicated to singer Jurij Vodovnik (1791-1858). The parsonage also show the rectory living culture in 19th and 20 century.
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