The city they called a miracle

Velenje: from a workers' colony to an "ideal" city

The exhibition takes the visitor to the post-war Šalek Valley, or its eastern part, undoubtedly the most turbulent historical period. In the two decades after the Second World War, the small market town of Velenje, which in 1948 had only a meager 1,121 inhabitants, grew into one of the largest Slovenian social, economic, and cultural centers—the city of Velenje. 

The main lever of such rapid development after the Second World War was the Velenje coal mine, which occupied an extremely important place in the plans of the new Yugoslav authorities for the industrialization, electrification, and revival of the economically backward, predominantly agrarian Kingdom of Yugoslavia, which was largely destroyed during the war.

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