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Anton Janša’s Birthday as the World bee day

20th May is a day of double celebration! It is the birthday of Anton Janša (1734-1773), the pioneer of modern beekeeping, and has now, on the initiative of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association), been confirmed by the United Nations as World Bee Day. Anton Janša was born in the village of Breznica in Žirovnica, which fills the villages below Mt. Stol with a unique sense of pride. You can learn about the beehives where Anton helped his father with beekeeping as a child, as well as stories from the world of bees on a guided tour of Anton Janša’s memorial apiary.


Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Path

The Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Path connects the birth houses of some of Slovenia’s literary giants (the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren, his friend the linguist and scholar Matija Čop, and the writers Fran Saleški Finžgar and Janez Jalen), as well as the apiary of the pioneer of European beekeeping, Anton Janša. It is one of the most beautiful theme paths in Slovenia.


Anton Janša’s Memorial Apiary

Nearly 300 years ago, an apiary stood in the idyllic village of Breznica. From an early age, Anton Janša used to open the hives where he observed the life of bees and helped his father in beekeeping. Later, his life led him to Vienna where he was named the first imperial teacher of apiculture at the newly-founded apiculture school after he impressed the empress with his vast knowledge and understanding of bees.