Mitrej above Rožanec
Mitrej above Rožanec is one of the most attractive archaeological monuments in Slovenia, which is located along the regional road Semič - Črnomelj, in the village Rožanec. The relief most likely originates from the second century, whereas the image of god Mitra carved into a rock has been preserved in its natural environment in the valley of chestnut forest Judovje, near the Church of St. George. The cast of the relief from the 20th century is exhibited in the Belokranjski Museum in Metlika.
The colossal fortress located on the steep rock above the river Kolpa was built in 1557 by the baron Ivan Lenkovič from Žumberak. It served as a successful defence against the Turks. During the Second World War the fortress was burned down, however, the late gothic front gate is definitely worth a visit.
Stari trg ob Kolpi
Stari trg (“The Old Market”) is the largest settlement in Poljanska dolina, and lies 15km from Črnomelj. Its name originates from the period of the Turkish invasion, when Stari trg played a strategic role and was an important trade centre. The wide central street, surrounded by one-storey houses, ends with a parish Church of St. Joseph. The Church of the Calvary St. Andrew lies outside the settlement, along the road Stari trg - Deskova vas. The path to the church twists along 12 chapels representing the Stations of the Cross, which were erected in 2000. Fourteen original chapels situated on both sides of the road were destroyed during the Second World War. Stone gates of some houses in Stari trg ob Kolpi might be a particular point of interest to some visitors.
Dragatuš is a clustered settlement along the road Črnomelj - Vinica, located 8km from Črnomelj. The Church of St. John the Baptist boasts in the town centre. It was built in the 19th century, ruined during the Second World War, and later rebuilt.
The Slovene poet Oton Župančič spent his childhood years in Dragatuš, and visitors who wish to pay due respect can do so in the memorial room of the Župančičev hram inn. And only a stone's throw away the Regional Park Lahinja can tell you its own story…
Vinica - the birthplace of poet Oton Župančič
Vinica is a clustered settlement situated high above the river Kolpa, next to the Slovenian-Croatian border, and 18km from Črnomelj. Vinica, inhabited back in prehistoric times, is nowadays marked by an international border crossing. The remains of the Vinica Castle are an important document of the past. The birth house of the poet Oton Župančič is located in the centre of Vinica and has been renovated, as the original house burnt down in the great fire of 1888. The poet's memorabilia is displayed on the ground floor, while the first floor is dedicated to his Vinica compatriot Oton Berkopec. The bust of Župančič by Jakob Savinšek can be seen in the garden.
Adlešiči and several other villages are well known for their cottage industry. Linen, embroidery work, and painted Easter eggs called “belokranjske pisanice” are just the most famous pieces of art for your eyes to devour. If you try making painted Easter eggs or embroidery by yourself, you will be able to pass the tradition of Bela krajina on to your children.
Vineyard Cottage “Soseska zidanica”, Drašiči
The vineyard cottage “soseska zidanica” is located in the cellar of an old house in the centre of Drašiči, next to the Church of St. Peter. It has been welcoming its guests and villagers for over 250 years. After visiting the vineyard cottage you can say you have tasted the wine of 65 winegrowers from a single glass. You can also learn about “rovaš”, a piece of short split wood, where owners scored drinking debts or wine consumption of every drinker.
Šokčev dvor, Žuniči
Šokčev dvor in Žuniči is a typical Bela krajina farm house of the near Kolpa region, and is one of protected cultural monuments of the Kolpa Regional Park. The farm can be spotted off the Vinica - Adlešiči road when entering the village, some 20km from Črnomelj. This is a farm house with an enclosed courtyard, consisting of a house, a shed, and a barn, all connected by a wall with an entrance door. In this renovated house you can see the farm room, where old furniture, cradle, old farm clothes, and home-made linen have been put on display. The other room with an old baker's oven serves as a dining room, which is perfect for groups and all other visitors to take a seat and ponder away...
The Pastoral Centre was opened at the end of 1990s, after archaeological excavations, which have resulted in the discovery of important remains of prehistoric, antiques, and medieval settlements of the present day Črnomelj. The Pastoral Centre has a lot to show you: the permanent exhibition of archaeological remains (4th to 19th century), temporary art, craft, or expert exhibitions, etc.
The former Maleričeva house in the old town core of Črnomelj was renamed into the Primožičeva house and is dedicated to the teacher and cultural worker, Josipina Pepca Primožič. Her life was infused with a deep sense of humanity and generosity.
The Primožičeva house is known to older generations as the “house of miss Primožič” or, shortly, in local words, as the “Primožičkina house”. The house has been declared a cultural monument of local importance and has now been used for temporary arts and crafts exhibitions and workshops. Art and cottage industry products are also available for sale.
Archaeological heritage of Podzemelj
Within the educational path Kučar-Kolpa it is possible to explore the archaeological heritage of Podzemelj and its close surroundings. On a circular path in natural environment you can find many information boards about locations and findings. The area has been inhabited already back in the early iron age (8th – 4th century B.C.), as evidenced by several sepulchral mounds from that period. Mounds are arranged along the northern and southern foothills of the Kučar hill, where a fortified settlement, an ancient fort, once stood. The settlement was the centre of the biggest and most important settlement complex in Bela krajina in that period. An Old Christian centre with two churches and a large residential building was erected on the northern peak of Kučar in the Late Roman Age (5th – 6th century). However, you can find more information on the boards, in the brochure, or online.
Plague spot (Kužno znamenje)
The plague spot on Trata, along the road to Semič, is one of the oldest and rarest stone signs in Bela krajina. It is a reminder of the plague, which has devastated the region a few centuries ago. The sign is made of stone and has a square ground plan. It seems as if it is composed of three parts, of which the lower one is made of stone, the middle one is composed of niches, whereas the upper part is a roof. The part with niches is very diverse, because it also contained wooden statues. However, the statues have been removed and replaced by plaster casts. The plague spot is well looked after by the locals, who call it “Pild”.
Memorial symbol in Gornje Laze
In the village Gornje Laze, a 10-minute drive from Semič, stands a landmark dedicated to the fallen combatants of the 1st Bela krajina troops, founded on 28th October, 1941 on Smuk. In the memory of the National Liberation Front and the fallen combatants, the residents of Semič mark this day by a municipal celebration.
DC-3 Airplane, Otok
The airplane is located along the road Črnomelj - Metlika, in the direction of the village Otok, 5km from Metlika. The plane is dedicated to all Slovenian and Bela krajina airports operating during the time of the National Liberation Front. The plane can be seen at any time, while the sport airport Prilozje is situated in the vicinity of the plane.
Brainiac Primary School
In the classroom of a former primary school in Radovica, you can learn about Bela krajina in a humorous way. The 'strict' teacher who uses a stick and sends you to kneel in the corner will take you on a journey through the mysterious world of the green region. At the end of the lesson, you will receive a diploma to prove your knowledge of the land between the Gorjanci mountain range and the river Kolpa.