Hg Smelting Plant
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GROUP tours are provided daily by prior arrangement. A DYNAMIC AND EDUCATIONAL TOUR lasting an hour and a half awaits you! Interactive and amusing WORKSHOPS are organised for school groups of various ages. The exhibition From Ore to Mercury Drops is accessible to VULNERABLE GROUPS.
Mercury was used to treat diseases, extract gold, measure temperatures, predict weather, and produce the first photographs on glass. Without it, there would not have been any lavishly decorated Baroque mansions with large mirrors. It inspired numerous inventors of international repute, and many researchers received the Nobel Prize for their work with mercury. Experiments conducted with mercury laid the foundations of modern chemistry. And today we are using mercury in space exploration.
In the 1970's mercury was, due to its toxicity, gradually removed from use and replaced with environmentally friendlier substances and procedures.
Cinnabar, a durable pigment obtained from mercury, was preserved for milleniums in cave paintings, was esteemed by painters, and was also produced in Idrija for more than three hundred years. The production of cinnabar represents the beginning of the chemical industry in Slovenia.
The exhibition DEVELOPMENT OF SMELTING FURNACES THROUGH THE CENTURIES revives the memory of 500 years of arduous work by Idrija's smelters, who from generation to generation perfected the methods of smelting ore.
Owing to the exceptional significance of the mine, Idrija has for three centuries preserved the status of an »imperial« town. Experts from across Europe came to Idrija, where they designed and created innovations of European significance.
Guided tours of ore separation plant provided daily according to above schedule.
Exhibition is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 h (1st May – 30 September) and 10:00 to 16:00 h (1st October – 30 April).
on purchase of a combined ticket (Anthony's Main Road + Hg Smelting Plant)
Adults: before EUR 18.00 now only16.02 EUR
Seniors, students up to 26 years: before EUR 14.00 now only 12.46 EUR
Children, secondary students: before EUR 8.00 now only 7.12 EUR