The Gorje village

What magnificiant inspiration lies behind the creation of these places, nestled cosily at the foot of the Julian Alps and surrounded by the green forests of Pokljuka and Mežakla. The parish and municipality of Gorje lie in the middle of this environment as if placed gently in a manger. The dominanting bell-tower of the parish church of St. George can be seen from far away so it is no wonder that the most famous song to speak of Gorje goes: » The Gorje bells ring, the bell-tower sways.« However, the bell-tower is not the only thing for which the village is known: there are also the brass-band »Godba Gorje«, the »Alpski kvintet« and the renowned cow-bells which bear witness to the old bell-making tradition in the village and to the cows that graze  the nearby pastures of Pokljuka in summer.

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The clean waters once turned the water-wheels powering mills, sawmills and forges spread out along the length of the River Radovna as far as the narrow passage cut between the hills of Hom and Boršt, where the powerful current is channelled through the gorge known as Vintgar. It is true what Ivan Godec once said: »Anyone attempting to describe the beautiful countryside of Gorenjska needs use very little imagination or dazzling embellishment. He should write down only that which an ordinary observer sees and it will certainly be enough.«

The name Gorje  translates to highlands. The Gorje villages are the last big villiges under the Triglav mountain. The names of the villiges are old and were created after the names of the nearby hills. Višelnica translates to a place that is higher than the centre, Zatrata  translates to a place behind the meadow, Poljšica to a place behind the field, Podhom to a place under the hill Hom and Krnica translates to the cirque – a theatre – like valley formed by glacial erosion. Gorje consist of 11 villiges and among the previously mentioned (Višelnica, Zatrata, Poljšica, Podhom and Krnica) there are also Zgornje Gorje – village is considered the centre of the Gorje villages, Spodnje Gorje – this village is the largest in area and has got the higest population,  Mevkuž, Radovna, Perniki , Spodnje Laze, Zgornje Laze and Grabče. The oldest evidence of a civilization in the Gorje area was in the late stone age period. Archeolgists found tools made of stone in a cave called Poglejska cerkev over Poljšica.

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