Most visitors to Slovenia first encounter Dr France Preseren as an imposing bronze statue in the heart of Ljubljana, although more than just being at the heart of the capital, Preseren is at the heart of Slovene identity and culture. Described as the Shakespeare of Slovene literature, Preseren’s poetry articulates the spirit of Slovenia and the Slovenes, and a stanza from his poem ‘A Toast’ is used as the lyrics for the national anthem. Born in Vrba in 1800, his birth house has become a popular tourist destination.
The house was built in the 16th century though 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 continues to attract thousands of visitors annually. The rooms of the house contain furniture and domestic artefacts dating back to the 19th century. The most important piece of furniture is the poet’s cradle.
Entrance fee is €2.50 (children/seniors €2).
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9.00–16.00; Saturday and Sunday 10.00–17.00; Monday closed.
France Preseren’s Birth House Address: Vrba 2, 4274 Zirovnica, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.38788, 14.14746
GPS coordinates: 46° 23′ 16.3860” N 14° 8′ 50.8704” E
Traditional region: Upper Carniola (Slovene: Gorenjska)
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