Photographed by Ivan Majc of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Novo Mesto is the economic and cultural center of the Dolenjska region. It is situated at the crossroads of the main traffic routes in the middle of a hilly landscape just above the Krka river meander. This area was settled above 1000 years B.C. Arheological excavations shows that the place was inhabited from the end of the Bronze Age until the end of the Roman empire. Most of the excavations are kept in the Dolenjska museum. The town was founded on the 7th of April 1365 by the Rudolf IV. von Hapsburg in purpose to firm a base of the Hapsburgs in their advance towards the Adriatic sea. A grammar-school was founded in 1746 and in 1749 a district office. The town got its primary school and in 1816 a girls-school. In 1850 was estabilshed the gendarmery and the court. In 1875 the National home (Narodni dom) was completed - it was the first in teritory. The railway connected Novo mesto with the other parts of the industrial Europe in 1894. In 1958 the highway Ljubljana-Zagreb was built - that caused that Novo mesto started to grow in one of the main economic and industrial centres in Slovenia.
Note: Ivan Majc and I will be photographying all of my Lemko and Slovak root locations in Poland in the summer of 2012 in Snietnica, Stawisza, Krempachy, Nowa Biala, Lesnica, and Gron. And possibly expand to cover Krolik Polski as well.