The “Bajer” reservoir

The “Bajer” reservoir

The “Bajer” reservoir, supplied by a network of waterways (“rake”) and, regulated by switches, they provided the hydropower that drove the machinery of the Lower Ironworks – erected here in the middle of the 16th century....
Vigenjc – nail forge

Vigenjc – nail forge

Kropa’s Nail forges Originally made of wood (partially or completely rebuilt from stone from the mid 18th century onwards) the simple structure appeared in various designs and sizes, from the smallest with one hearth to the largest with five. Six tree stumps...
The birth and development of Kropa

The birth and development of Kropa

“And with nails, drops from their hearts. they carried their name across mountain paths and white roads to far away cities” – J.Lavrencic The birth and development of Kropa is intimately entwined with iron, fire and water. During the late middle...
A short history of Kropa

A short history of Kropa

The Basics  Kropa is a small town in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia. It’s in the administrative region of Radovljica, a slightly larger town, about 10km away. The town has been around since 1498 when it was known as Chropp or Krupp. According to...