Welcome to Idrija
Idrija means three things: žlikrofi, lace and mercury. The women of Idrija have been taking care of the first two for centuries, while the men went underground to extract the latter, making Idrija one of the richest towns in Europe during the Middle Ages. In 2012 Unesco granted World Heritage status to Idrija's mercury mine (together with a similar mine in Almadén, Spain). Aside from these rather disparate attractions, Idrija is a pretty provincial town that makes a fine base for this corner of the region.