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Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Path

Visit the birth houses of some of the giants of Slovenian art and get a glimpse into life in the 19th century - a time of romantic stories and national awakening throughout Europe.

The Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Path connects the highlights of the lives of two literary generations. Among the first generation are our greatest poet France Prešeren and his friend Matija Čop, while Fran Saleški Finžgar and Janez Jalen belong to the second generation.
Master Janko provides a genuine experience with his hay cart, stopping at the apiary of the pioneer of modern apiculture, Anton Janša.

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Birth Houses

What kind of cradle did France Prešeren, the greatest Slovenian poet, have? Where did Matija Čop, the renowned Slovenian linguist, compose his letters? What inspired Fran Saleški Finžgar when he was writing the epic conflict between the Slavs and the Byzantines? What did Janez Jalen learn from this master of folktales and what were his mountain tales like?

You can still find impressions of rural life that were used by those writers as inspiration for their works in the villages below Mt. Stol in Gorenjska. Every Slovene visits Prešeren’s birth house as well as other famous birth houses as part of their primary school education. So while in Slovenia, do as Slovenes do!

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Other Attractions

Žirovnica is an exciting and diverse micro-destination, offering many attractions within a small area. Discover the hidden corners of Žirovnica and learn about our natural and cultural heritage!

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Ajdna Museum Room

The story and artefacts found in excavations led by the archaeologist Milan Sagadin stir one’s imagination. The tomb of a young female that was buried with her jewellery is a particular mystery. Was this the remarkable Heathen Maiden? The bronze bird that is at the heart of the exhibition in Čop’s House does not provide the answer, however, it invites you to explore the rich heritage of our ancestors.

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Private Museum Collections

Discover artefacts from the past in small private museums in which the owners have invested so much love. Various objects tell stories of life in the past in ‘Kašarija’, as the locals call Žirovnica. It is nice to visit the guardians of the past, as they are such good story tellers.

Chatting with them might take you back to a whole different era that could be so exciting and pleasant you won’t want to return to reality. Whether it is a collection of items from the First World War or a museum of the past in the shadow of Mt. Stol, both exhibitions bear witness to historical events.

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Technical Museum/Hydroelectric Power Plant Završnica

The Završnica hydroelectric power plant  was the first Slovenian public power plant, laying a foundation for the public electricity grid in Slovenia over a 100 years ago. It supplied Slovenes with power for 90 years, however, today the Hydroelectric Power Plant Moste has taken over.

Today, the Završnica hydroelectric power plant has been converted into a technical museum, where you can learn about the process of generating power from a renewable source – water. There is also a very interesting comparison of over one hundred-year-old equipment with the modern installation of the Moste hydroelectric power plant.

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