Škofja Loka – green city from 1274

Green cities, sustainable cities, eco  friendly initiatives, community gardens , all new approaches trying to bring more nature into the cities. And to connect citizens with the nature again.But are all these approaches really something we’ve invented just recently ? I claim we all have inherited the necessity, or call it a primal need, to be in close contact with nature around us. If we are cut away from the natural environment we crave so desperately for , we reinvent it.   It was in 1274 that Škofja Loka was mentioned to have town rights. Today Town square buildings show Gothic , baroque and renaissance past . Yet they all have something in common: NATURE, among figurative elements flowers and plants are predominant! A green city approach form centuries ago!

 

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7 thoughts on “Škofja Loka – green city from 1274

  1. The Green Man is one of my faces, and it’s always exciting to find him on the road… and yours is such a unique one. Delightfully fairy-like. Many thanks for it!

    best,

    Harold

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    1. Thank you, Harold! There was nothing much to do, this little old town was just fabulous ! But I am sad as at the outskirts of even this town green man is crying…….this makes me sad….
      Have a nice tomorrow ,
      Tamara

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  2. Lovely photos – and your post about them too. I remember reading somewhere about a study which showed that even photos of the natural world exert a calming effect (never mind if you go INTO that world and observe it, eg walking the woods etc.

    The study did something like monitor heart rate or maybe even measure levels of salivary cortisol (a marker for stress) with volunteers looking at photos n screen-savers. Those who had the natural world screensavers had a reduction in pulse rate or lower levels of salivary cortisol (whichever the test measured – I suspect it was heart rate as its an easier change to monitor.)

    I’m aware how the more we submerge ourselves into texting, games playing, email reading activity on mobiles when out and about, the less conscious we become of the living nature of the world we move within.

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    1. This is interesting, and more I think about it more am I convinced it could be in our genes, I mean our response to the natural environment …I wonder how is it solved on space missions ? Do they have at least a picture of some flowers to look at ?

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