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Prešeren’s Birth House in Vrba

Location:
Vrba 2
4274 Žirovnica
t +386 4 580 2092
e info@visitzirovnica.si
w visitzirovnica.si

Opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 9am–4pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10am–5pm

Ticket price
School children: €1.8
Pre-school children: €1
Adults: €3
Adult groups (more than 10 persons): €2.5

O, Vrba, happy village, my old home

Slovenia’s greatest poet spent his childhood in Vrba, a small village in the Gorenjska region in a typical farmhouse originating from the 16th century. The house in its current form dates from 1856 when it was rebuilt following a fire. Opened as a museum in 1939, Slovenia’s first protected cultural site represents the living culture of the time when Prešeren lived in the house in the 19th century.

The museum offers visitors a window into the life and times of this literary master, with its collection of 19th-century artefacts including Prešeren’s cradle and a permanent exhibition of the great man’s life, located in the former granary.

Guided tours of Prešeren’s house can be adapted to school groups, smaller groups, individuals or families. Janez, an expert on Prešeren’s times, will be delighted to take you on a journey that touches your soul.

 

Čop’s Birth House in Žirovnica

Location:
Žirovnica 14
4274 Žirovnica
t +386 4 580 15 03
e info@visitzirovnica.si
w http://visitzirovnica.si/

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 8am–11am and 12pm–3pm, Thursday until 5:30pm
Ticket price
School children: €1.8
Pre-school children: €1
Adults: €3
Adult groups (more than 10 persons): €2.5

Museum room Ajdna

Matija Čop, the first Slovenian philologist, literary historian and librarian, was one of the greatest European scholars of his time and a good friend and mentor of France Prešeren. He spent his childhood living in the old village centre of Žirovnica.

Under the motto “Your grandfather for Prešeren’s, your father for Finžgar’s and you for Čop’s house” local pupils raised funds to repurchase and arrange Matija Čop’s house. Today the house serves as an event venue and information point for the Žirovnica municipality. One room of the house is laid out as a Matija Čop memorial room.

In the museum room Ajdna you can admire many objects and artefacts found during archaeological excavations on Ajdna hill above Žirovnica- one of the most prominent archaeological sites of Late Antiquity in the Slovenian territory.

Finžgar's Birth House in Doslovče

Location
Doslovče 15
4274 Žirovnica
t 04 580 15 03
e info@visitzirovnica.si
w visitzirovnica.si

Opening hours
by prior arrangement
Ticket price
School children: €1.8
Pre-school children: €1
Adults: €3
Adult groups (more than 10 persons): €2.5

Fran Saleški Finžgar said he developed a good ear for the genuine language of the area in the winter evenings, while listening to tales of the village men in the inglenook of his own home.

Today the writer’s homestead, Dolenc cottage, together with a hayrack and barn, is an open-air museum that represents the lifestyle of poor farmers from the second half of the 19th century.

Take the steps into the cellar and discover Fran Saleški Finžgar through the notes and photographs where it all began – in his birth house, and learn where the writer got the inspiration for his epic battles between the Slavs and the Byzantines which he described in the first Slovene historic novel ‘Pod svobodnim soncem’ (Under the Free Sun).

Jalen's Birth House in Rodine

Location
Rodine 10
4274 Žirovnica
t +386 4 580 20 92 / +386 31 787 001
e jalen.roj.hisa@gmail.com

Opening hours
by prior arrangement

In Rodine, a small village in the municipality of Žirovnica, next to St. Clement’s church – said to be one of the oldest and most beautiful sacral monuments in this part of Gorenjska – stands the birth house of another literary giant, the writer and playwright Janez Jalen, a master of mountain pasture tales and the author of a pre-historic novel entitled ‘Bobri’ (Beavers).

Today a part of the homestead has been converted to a private museum, run by the writer’s great nephew. The museum consists of a black kitchen, hall, living room and a bedroom converted into Jalen’s study, displaying many of his handwritten works and personal objects.