Francis' Shaft, Idrija

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  • פרנצ'יש shaft, called by the name of the emperor Francis II, the last emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and emperors of Austria first, is one of the shafts leading to the mine. He currently serves as a museum to 26 heavy machinery, especially in the late 19th century and early 20th century, used in the mercury mining process. Those include pumps, locomotives and wagons to transport the ore, steam and diesel engines, compressors, winches, uncles, digging tools, and more. Displayed in the site is a huge steam pump brought to the pier in 1895 after got flooded in 1885. The pump was activated for the last time in 1948. The Museum interesting and intriguing.
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  • An old shaft and part of metal foundry are now open for visitors. They prepared new exhibition with exact description of mercury extraction. Very interestin when you combine it with old shaft - (Anton...  more »
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