Anthony Mine Shaft
Idrija Lace School
The Idrija Lace School was founded in 1876 (it's the biggest and oldest lace school in the world), and continues to offer lace-making...
This award-winning museum is housed in the hilltop Gewerkenegg Castle . The excellent collections, which deal with mercury, lace and...
The castle was built in the 1520s to serve as the administrative headquarters of the Idrija mine. This award-winning Municipal Museum ...
Gostilna Pri Škafarju
Pizza baked in a wood-burning tile stove is why many people come to this friendly gostilna , but there are plenty of other things on the...
Kosovelova ulica 3 · interesting places nearby
Anthony Mine Shaft information
The mine is a ‘living museum’, allowing you to get a feel for the working conditions of mercury miners in Idrija. The entrance is the Anthony Shaft, built in 1500, which led to the first mine: 1.5km long, 600m wide and 400m deep. The tour covers about 1200m and lasts 1½ hours; it begins in the ‘call room’ of an 18th-century building where miners were selected each morning and assigned their duties.
You'll be supplied overcoats and helmets; the temperature in the mine is around 13°C (55°F). There are additional tour times in summer – see the website.