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100 Years of the Brežice Water Tower

100 Years of the Brežice Water Tower

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Datum izida:9/25/2014 10:00:00 PM
Oblikovanje:Matjaž Učakar
Motiv:Brežice Water Tower
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100 Years of the Brežice Water Tower

<i><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><p align="left">In the 1914 the town of Brežice got its first water supply system. The new water tower had a significant impact on the life of the town, and an even greater impact on its architecture. In the century since it was built it has become a symbol of Brežice, a town known for centuries as an important centre of trade and crafts.</p><i><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><p align="left">The tower, which stands on the corner of the main street leading into the town, on the site of the former town walls, is 46 metres high. The cylindrical tower is topped by an octagonal water tank resting on 16 corbels. The tower is decorated by three small balconies that break up the surface of the six-storey tower, which has a total floor area of 200 m</font></font><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic">2</font></font><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic">. The housing of the 150 cubic metre capacity water tank is decorated by timber framing forming a series of eight hearts, in the middle of which are windows screened by shutters. The hearts have captured people’s imagination and have helped create the legend of the love of an important imperial official for a local girl. The architecture is said to symbolise this love and in stylistic terms is a nod to the romantic spirit of the German neo- Renaissance. It also recalls the period of Austria-Hungary which, like the rest of Europe, was about to be swept up in the First World War.</font></font></p><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><i><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><font lang="JA" size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><p align="left">Along with the water tower in Kranj, built in 1911, the Brežice water tower is the only example of a water tower from this period in Slovenia and, as such, bears witness to an interesting method of solving the problem of supplying water in flat areas. It continued to serve its function, with the help of a power plant, until 1983. Today it is a recognisable landmark, inviting visitors to Brežice from afar. A cafe operates inside the tower.</p><p align="left">&#160;</p><p align="left">Alenka Černelič Krošelj</p><p>Društvo za oživitev mesta Brežice, President</p></i></font></font></i></font></font></i></font></font>

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