Iron Forging Museum
Kropa is the cradle of Slovene iron-forging and the heritage has been well preserved here. Metal working has very old tradition in Kropa, with evidences from Celtic times. There is an Iron Forging Museum in the village, displaying old and new decorative metal fittings made by the local smithies.
The visit can be arranged for organized groups, in both museum and Vigenjc Vice for the price of 3 euros.
Bajer reservoir are remains of the former dam and lower foundry from the 16th century. I guess it served as a storage reservoir for water in case if the water level of Kroparica Stream was too low and could not run the water wheels in the forge. During my visit to Kropa the reservoir was empty.
Water wheel used to be the part of the forge and its main propulsion. It powered the bellows which, in turn, blew air into the fire in a free place used at the same time by several workers. This one was left at the bank of the Kroparica Stream, as a witness to past times when many of such a water wheels used to be around, almost with each house situated along the bank of the stream.
The architecture of Kropa is very characteristic, large houses with numerous small windows, wrought decorative window bars, chandeliers and sign boards. In the summer season most of the windows are adorned by flowering and carnations. The Jurman's house, situated in the center of the village, is one of the most attractive in whole of Kropa. There is beautiful Florian Shrine right next to the house.
There are few nice houses but in a pretty bad conditions, some of them look like deserted.