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Living Stories of the Past

The primordial sea that had once filled this valley left behind numerous fossils, with geological shifts creating unique natural sights. Water and its many sources serve as an inspiring reminder of nature's eternal ebb and flow.

Among the remnants of old Roman fortifications stories of ancient battles still echo, while the medieval castles, manors and churches display thousands of images from centuries past, a legacy of countless artists, a treasure trove of tales about the valley and its people.

Step closer and get to know them.

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    The Phenomenal Otlica Natural Window

    On a steep ridge above Ajdovščina, at the edge of the Trnovo Plateau near the village Otlica, ancient forces of the earth created a gigantic aperture in the rock, a marvellous natural window offering a stunning view of the Vipava Valley from high up above. Folk legend says the rock was pierced by a horn of the devil himself, having tripped and fell on the mountain ...

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    The Delta Spring of the Vipava River

    Vipava, a little town square in the upper Vipava Valley, grew by the manifold springs of the Vipava River, the only river in Europe with a delta source formed by nine main and numerous other small springs. The water, bursting forth from all sides, is traversed by a number of bridges, giving the settlement the moniker of “Slovene Venice”. The river springs create unique sights and grant the old village an adorable appearance.

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    Veno Pilon

    The Ajdovščina born painter, graphic artist and photographer Veno Pilon was one of our nation’s most visible fine arts creators and a renowned expressionist on the European scale. Much of his extraordinary opus is kept by the Pilon Gallery in Ajdovščina whose permanent collection and numerous exhibitions make for a satisfying stop on your journey through the Vipava Valley ...

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    Vipavski Križ

    On a hillock in the midst of the Vipava Valley stands a proud old walled settlement, the Vipavski Križ, one of Slovenia’s most beautiful monuments of cultural history. Visitors are thrilled by the remnants of its medieval castle, marvelling also at the settlement’s attractive architecture and its working Capuchin monastery with a sizeable library where the famous preacher John Baptist of Sveti Križ (St. Cross) once lived and studied …

Heavens for the Curious

When cherished Slovene poet and writer Ciril Zlobec was asked to describe the Vipava Valley in brief, he dubbed it the "little Slovene Eden". What inspired the artist to think of paradise? Perhaps all it took was a glance since the valley's nature is so diverse and picturesque it simply calls for exploration. How many peoples crossed this open land, how many settled here for the fertile soil and the plentiful springs? On every step, you will encounter remnants of past cultures; castles, manors, churches, monuments, traces of industrial and cultural shifts, an aroma of traditional custom in a place of hospitality. If curiosity is your trait, the Vipava Valley offers a paradise of stories, enticing and unusual like no place else.