Hubelj – Source of drinking water.
Hubelj comes out from spectacular source above the city of Ajdovščina. The Hubelj River originates from the Sturska gora (Sturska mountain), which rises 681 meters above sea level,
overseeing city Ajdovščina.
Suitable time of visiting this magical place is in all seasons, but before visiting, it is recommended to check the weather conditions, mostly wind power, since the wind called “Burja” (also Vipavska burja) can be very strong in this area. (Even over 100km/h +) Few meters from the river source, there is a lovely restaurant.
Hubelj is one of the main, cleanest Slovenian karst springs in the Vipava valley. The water, which comes from deep inside the mountain, exits from rocky holes at an altitude of approx 230 meters above sea level (waterfall on the picture).
The Hubelj River is considered to be one of the cleanest water sources in Slovenia, so it is normal that there are natural springs with drinking water. Personally, I love this place even more for all the hills that surround the region; Čaven, Golaki, Sinji vrh…
Blast furnace near Hubelj river
In the second half of the 16th century, more precisely from November 12, 1561 until early 1700, ironworks operated near the source of the Hubelj River. In the beginning, mainly iron was forged, but later also steel and pig iron, which was mainly used for foundry products.
Ajdovščina has almost completely preserved Roman walls with fourteen towers. Around 270, the Romans started building a fortified military camp, which was included in the defence system of the eastern borders of the Roman Empire. For centuries, the Ajdovščina developed exclusively within it.
In year 394 a historic battle took place between the Roman emperor Theodosius and the rebel Gentile Eugenius, who also inspired many Roman poets. Theodosius’ victory was fatefully decided by violent winds (probalby local wind named Burja) that diverted arrows and struck the opponent. In the summer of 2009, the Theodosius Society of Vrhpolje staged a battle as part of the great Roman spectacle in the Vipava Valley.
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