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Argonauts in Vrhnika?!

The Devil’s Cliffs! ... Argonauts in Vrhnika?!
Argonaut Days 2014 in Vrhnika
Argonauts in Močilnik, Vrhnika
Argonauts in Močilnik, Vrhnika
Jason's fist in Močilnik, Vrhnika
Jason's fist in Močilnik, Vrhnika
Jason and an imprint of his fist in Močilnik, Vrhnika
Jason and an imprint of his fist in Močilnik, Vrhnika
Grand opening of the Argonaut Days in Vrhnika
Grand opening of the Argonaut Days in Vrhnika

According to Greek mythology, the ancient Greek hero Jason assembled a group of champions to aid him in his quest to find the Golden Fleece. The shipbuilder Argus followed the goddess Athena’s instructions and built a ship named Argo in his honor. Naming themselves after their ship, the Argonauts sailed to many countries and finally reached Colchis on the Black Sea. King Aeëtes tried to stop Jason from taking the fleece, but his daughter Medea fell in love with Jason. She helped him with a magic potion which put the dragon that guarded the fleece to sleep. With the Golden Fleece stolen, the Argonauts and Medea left Colchis and sailed for home. 

They sailed across the Black Sea to the Danube, then up the Sava River and finally up the Ljubljanica to Močilnik Springs. Jason was furious as they couldn’t go any further and he hit the rock with his fist. You can still see the imprint today in the rocks called the Devil’s Cliffs (‘Hudičeve skale') by local people. The Argonauts disassembled their ship and carried it on their shoulders to the Adriatic Sea. 

As a memorial to these Ancient Greeks and their journey, Vrhnika’s emblem is an image of the ship Argo, and locals and visitors from other places remember them every year during the festival Argonaut days.