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The catchment area of Čabranka and Kolpa was settled early. This is what the finds in Polička jama near Žurga are about, where remains of pottery vessels and a cave bear about 4000 years old have been found. Remains from the Hallstatt and Roman times (the bridge in the Black stream) were also found. Our Slovene ancestors arrived in these places with the Dolenjska-Karst settlement and later from the Notranjska region and settled the world, which is also called the land of Peter Klepec. Although the beginnings of Osilnica are unknown, Slovenes settled in the Osilnica Valley in the early Middle Ages.
In 1247 the area was given to the Ortenburgs, who facilitated the colonization and construction of churches in their vast territory from Ribnica to Kolpa. In the 14th century German peasants settled in Kočevska, and thus the Osilnica Valley was almost completely separated from the Slovenian hinterland until the Second World War. In 1363 they received their priest, which is considered the beginning of the parish of Osilnica. After the extinction of the Ortenburgs in 1418, their estates were inherited by the Celje people, followed by the Habsburgs in 1456, who leased the Kochevsko family to various feudal relatives. It has 19 settlements, of which the Osilnica settlement is the municipal center.
The Myrtovich creek, which flows below Krempe (942 m), used to run mills and a sawmill. It is now protected as part of the future Kočevsko – Kolpa Park. It has two springs and especially Blue Poh is rich in waterfalls, pools, tubs, gutters … The Myrtovich creek is famous for its exceptionality, immense richness and diversity of flora and fauna. The rare and endangered species that have long since disappeared elsewhere are something of a commonplace in the valley along the creek. It is the last refuge for otters in Slovenia, eagles and storks fly over the valley, also deer and other large forest animals live above the stream. The climatic conditions provide a unique symbiosis of ordinary vegetation with the Mediterranean element. The Myrtovich creek springs from an idyllic place in the middle of a hilly forest. The spring is surrounded by rocks covered with moss.
The valley is full of rapids all the way to the picturesque spring, where there is a mighty gorge with a cave. Crayfish live in the tributary, Blue Poh. The gorge is one of the few preserved areas of the natural heritage, which in addition to the typical Karst landscape contains many and rare objects of natural heritage of extraordinary geomorphological forms, hydrological and biotopic features and values. In the middle stream, the stream is full of islands, meanders, dunes and gravel pits, pools and forests, and upstream of the only major left tributary, the stream is cut into the limestone rocky bed where the water has created unique geomorphological forms; they make troughs, overflow gutters, caverns and veneers, pools, waterfalls. The karst spring is of great importance for nature conservation.
CHURCH SV. EGIDIJA
In the Osilnica Valley, all seven churches have been preserved since ancient times, each of which has something special and distinctive. The oldest church, not only in the valley, but also in Egidium in Ribjek Kocevski, is the church of St. Egidia in Ribjek. The main altar dates from 1681. The exterior of the church is richly decorated with sewn edges, painted window sills, consecrated crosses and remains of frescoes. Fully preserved late Renaissance architecture is enriched with exceptional quality early Baroque furnishings. The main altar belongs to the group of golden altars. It also includes the two side altars dedicated to St. Barbara (left) and St. To Anton (right). They were created in 1697.
Along the north wall of the church is a pulpit with pictures of four evangelists. From the mid-17th century there is also a wooden cassette ceiling in the church nave. The painted altars on the wall of the triumphal wall are also preserved and restored.
The tour lasts approximately 15 min.
CHURCH TICKET 1.00 EUR / PERSON!