Auersperg’s iron foundry in Dvor
About 220 years ago, larger foundries began to develop next to ironworks, where already extracted metals were remelted. Most of today’s foundries were built in their tradition. This was also the heyday of the ironworks and iron foundry in the village of Dvor near Žužemberk, which operated from 1796 to 1891 and was the largest iron foundry in Slovenian territory and in this part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is best known for the extraordinary number of artistic and other castings, many of which have been preserved.
It is worth noting that the elements for the construction of the “Shoemaker’s Bridge” in Ljubljana, which weighs more than 50 tonnes, and the first trolleys for the railway in the Postojna Cave were cast in Dvor. In 1840, a 4.2-metre-high monument to the patron and benefactor Baron Žiga Zois was cast and then erected in Ljubljana’s Žale cemetery. This also includes the fountain in the town of Višnja Gora with Valvasor’s statue on top, erected in 1872, and the fountain in Žužemberk, erected in 1860.
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