In 1919 a memorial plaque with the inscription: ‘On 26 January 1797 Matija Čop, a giant of science, was born here’, was commissioned for Čop’s birth house. In 1988 the house was bought for museum purposes and renovation work was completed in 1994. Funds for the purchase and renovation were contributed by Slovenian schoolchildren, local residents, the municipality of Jesenice, the Ministry of Culture, and others. During the development phase the house was reconstructed as a 19th-century building, i.e. as it would have been during Čop’s lifetime. Čop’s birth house now serves as a museum, an event venue and as a seat for the Žirovnica Institute for Tourism and Culture.
‘There is No Fairer Place’ is a title of new light-hearted film that takes viewers along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage to all four birth houses of the famous men from Žirovnica, to Janša’s Memorial Apiary, to mysterious Ajdna and to the green Završnica valley. The film includes interesting information about the lives of the renowned Žirovnica men France Prešeren, Fran Saleški Finžgar, Janez Jalen, Matija Čop and Anton Janša who come ‘alive’ in the film played by local amateur actors. The film is 25 minutes long and is intended primarily for school groups but can also be of great interest to tourists as a presentational film about Žirovnica and its attractions. Click HERE to watch an expert from the film.
Guided tours of Čop’s house can be adapted to school groups, smaller groups, individuals or families. Urška, an expert on Čop’s times, will be delighted to take you on a journey that touches your soul.
Monday to Friday: 8am–11am and 12pm–3pm
School children: €2
Pre-school children: €1
Adult groups (more than 10 persons): €2.7