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Mežica (pronounced [mɛˈʒiːtsa] (About this soundlisten); 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]

Mežica

Občina Mežica
Town and Municipality
1968 postcard of Mežice
1968 postcard of Mežice
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
 • Total26.4 km2 (10.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Total3,178
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02 (CEST)

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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