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Prešeren’s birth house

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  • Počitek na vrtu Prešernove rojstne hiše
    Počitek na vrtu Prešernove rojstne hiše
    Photo: Janez Dolžan, Zavod za turizem in kulturo Žirovnica
Prešeren’s birth house is among the oldest houses in the village of Vrba. The original homestead was built in the 16th century. 
In 1937 the owner of the house, Marija Vovk – a widow following the death of her husband Janez Vovk – agreed to sign over the house to the state if it built a new house in the garden for the family.  The house was slightly remodelled for the needs of the memorial and museum collections. The roof was covered with old hand-made tiles, while the black kitchen stayed intact and was equipped with old kitchen tools and dishes, and a new stove was placed in the main living area. The room is equipped with a maple table in the corner, benches, chairs, a spinning wheel, a chest, glass paintings and other objects from Prešeren’s time, some of which are original. Most of the items were collected by Finžgar from the nearby villages. You can still admire the original cradle in the bedroom where the poet was born. The smaller chest and matrimonial bed come from Finžgar’s birth house in Doslovče.

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Update: January 26, 2022

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46.387917, 14.147495
46°23'16.5"N 14°08'51.0"E
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Prešeren’s birth house

Vrba 2
4274 Žirovnica
Phone 04 580 20 92

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