area=293.7 km²
mayor=Bojan Sever
avg_age=35.58 years
residental_density=29.87 m²/person
salary_date=August 2003
avg_salary_bruto=224,063 SIT
avg_salary_neto=144,020 SIT

Idrija (Italian: "Idria") is a small town and municipality with the same name in Slovenia.It is known for its mercury mine (currently in the process of closing) and laces.

Near Idrija there was notable archeological find of an approximately 43,100 year-old juvenile cave bear femur at Divje Babe, which may be a prehistoric flute.

Under Austrian rule it was known as Idria. Mercury was discovered there in 1497, and mining productions were taken over by the government in 1580.

According to legend, a bucket maker working in a local spring spotted a small amount of liquid mercury over 500 years ago. Idrija is one of the few places in the world where mercury occurs in both its elemental liquid state and as cinnabar (mercury sulfide) ore. The subterranean shaft mine entrance known as Anthony's Shaft (Antonijev rov) is used today for tours of the upper levels, complete with life-sized vignettes of workers over the ages. The lower levels, which reach to almost 400 meters below the surface and are no longer being actively mined, are currently being remediated.

The ghost town of New Idria, California, a site of mercury mining during the 19th-century California Gold Rush, was named after Idrija.

Famous natives and residents

*Aleš Bebler, Slovene Communist leader, resistance fighter, and diplomat;
*Stanko Bloudek, designer;
*Aleš Čar, writer;
*Karel Dežman, Carniolan politician and scholar;
*Belsazar Hacquet; French natural scientist;
*Pier Paolo Pasolini, italian film director and poet;
*Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian natural scientist.

ee also

* Idrijca
* Wild Lake

External links

* [ Wiki ]
* [ Idrija] , official page of municipality (in Slovene)
* [ Museum ]
* [ Local newspaper ]
* [ Tourist info]
* [ tourist information] , a page in English about the town and its history.
* [ City portal ]

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