Coal Miners in Slovenia

Collection with 17 media items created by Transterra Editor

Slovenia 12 Dec 2013 13:38

Miners in Zasavje region in Slovenia celebrate their holiday on December 4, which is also St. Barbara's day. St. Barbara is miners' patron who keeps their health and safety. In Zagorje, the festival is held with small parade and a mass dedicated to coalminers later on. Zasavje was a region with over than 250 years of coal-mining tradition. The last production day was in the late spring this year. Coalminers were worried about their future at that time. Government gave a promise to evaluate possibilites of opening a new coal mine, but since than no progress was made. This photo story presents coalminers' days from their starting shift in the early morning, documenting the rough working conditions almost 300 meters deep and then finally their exit from the coal mine. The photos of exiting coalminers are actually their last shift. After more than half of year later coalminers gathered together to clebrate their history and never forgotten tradition.

Slovenia Coalminers Zasavje Zagorje St.Barbara Hollidays

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 1
Zagorje, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

Coalminers celebrating their holiday on St. Barbara's day

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 2
Zagorje, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

Main message is that history and tradition must never be forgotten.

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 3
Zagorje, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

A lamp which in history prevented coalminers to be hurt by gas

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 5
Hrastnik, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

Car just brought coalminers after their last shift

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 11
Hrastnik, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

Heath and dust are everdays comagnion of coalminers.

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 13
Hrastnik, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

Coalminers afforded to get a short pause during their production day almost 300 m below the earth.

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 16
Hrastnik, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

Coalminer on the car just before entering coalmine

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Coal Miners in Slovenia 17
Hrastnik, Slovenia
By Vukasin Sobot
04 Dec 2013

Last days of Slovenian coalminers in Zasavje. Coalmine RTH