Roman Road and Valična

Roman road

The Roman road led along the hillsides from Acervo (Stična) through Žužemberk and Dvor towards Črnomelj. It represented the main link with the rest of the world for the residents of the area at the time. The Roman road, thought to have been built in the 1st century, was built following an earlier Celtic road or a connection from earlier. Later on, this road became the Imperial Trade Route. The road was in use until 1859, when a new road was built along the Krka river valley. There are many natural and cultural attractions along the way. The remains of the Roman road are clearly visible near the village of Gorenja vas near Muljava, near the church of St. Marjeta above the village of Vrh pri Križu, where a typical Roman well is still preserved, and in the village of Zafara near Žužemberk. In Ivančna Gorica, which is the starting point of the traditional cycling route to Dvor, a replica of one of the three Roman milestones can be seen in the centre of the settlement. In the past, milestones served a symbolic, guiding role, as they showed travellers, soldiers and merchants the direction and distance to Rome, the centre of the Roman Empire at the time.

The 25-kilometre cycling tour along the Roman road held in June is a project of two tourist associations, the TD Suha krajina and TD Ivančna Gorica. There are several stops on the route, making it suitable for people of all ages and physical fitness. From Ivančna Gorica to Dvor, there is a well-maintained cycling route, on which in several places it is possible to see the remains of a paved Roman road. There are many natural and cultural attractions along the way, which may be admired each year by cyclists who pass by.

In the village of Valična vas, in the church of St. Martin, there is a carved tombstone of the engineer Maximius, who supposedly resided here and designed the Roman road.


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