Mežica

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Mežica
Občina Mežica
Town and Municipality
1968 postcard of Mežice
1968 postcard of Mežice
Location of the Municipality of Mežica in Slovenia
Location of the Municipality of Mežica in Slovenia
Mežica is located in Slovenia
Mežica
Mežica
Location of the Town of Mežica in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°31′N 14°51′E / 46.517°N 14.850°E / 46.517; 14.850Coordinates: 46°31′N 14°51′E / 46.517°N 14.850°E / 46.517; 14.850
Country  Slovenia
Area
 • Total 26.4 km2 (10.2 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
 • Total 3,966
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)

Mežica (German: Mießdorf) is a town and a municipality in northern Slovenia. It lies on the Meža River in the traditional Slovenian province of Carinthia) near the Austrian border. The town developed close to a lead and zinc mine under Mount Peca. Mining began in 1665 and ended in 1994. Today the mine is only open for tourist visits.[2]

The town once had a small ski area on Mount Peca, but this closed soon after the mining operations ceased to operate.

The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint James. It is a single-nave building built in 1840 to replace an earlier smaller building.[3]

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