Kranj Things to Do

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    The Church of the Holy Rosary

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    The Church of the Holy Rosary is a beautiful looking building. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century as a place of worship for Kranj's Protestants. This church was restored in the 17th century and completely renovated again in the 1890s. The church is next to a colonnade designed by Plečnik and a pretty fountain topped by a rooster. It was closed when we visited.

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    Khislstein Castle

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    The castle in Kranj’s town centre is called Khislstein Castle. It is now a museum. We did not go inside. Kranj’s castle like many Slovenian castles is more like a big house than a castle. The lower parts of Kranj's castle are an integral part of Kranj's defensive walls. Khislstein Castle takes its name from its 16th-century owner Janez Khisl.

    In the castle grounds there was a weird sculpture of a bishop-like person being devoured by octopuses, or should that be octopi, while a woman possibly the Virgin Mary prayed nearby. Apparently it shows St John of Nepomuk being thrown to a watery grave in the Vlatava River by King Wenceslas.

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    Preseren Theatre

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    Next to St Kancijan Church there is a large and impressive monument of Slovenia's most famous poet, Preseren striding down the street with his hair and coat blowing in the wind. This monument is next to the rather impressive looking Preseren Theatre. The colonnaded façade of Prešeren Theatre, which was added during major renovations in the early 1950s was designed by famous Slovenian architect, Joze Plečnik.

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    Glavni Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    Glavni Trg is Kranj's main square. It is home to Kranj's town hall, the beautiful St Kancijan Church, the Prešeren Theatre, museums, cafes and a fountain. This square houses a weekly farmers' market. It was restored fully in 2013. Kranj's tourist office is located here.

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    Slovenski Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    Our bus let us off at Slovenski Trg (Slovenia Square) before continuing to the bus station. Slovenski Trg was redeveloped after World War II. It is the location of Kranj's best secondary school and home to several wonderful sculptures by Lojze Dolinar. Several of the buildings on the square were designed by architect Edvard Ravnikar. These include the Creina Hotel, City Hall and the former Globus shopping centre, which is now home to Kranj City Library.

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    The Sava River

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2014

    We walked across this river and took some pictures back towards the town. I had seen lovely pictures of Kranj with mountains towering behind it. I think to get a shot of this you have to go down the steps and facing the river and go off to the right. I say think because we did not do this and missed the picture of Kranj with towering mountains though I did try to get it not altogether successfully from a train window and later from a bus window.

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    The Church on Pungert

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 4, 2014

    This church on Pungert was built in1470. At the time of the church's construction, the town was in the grips of a terrible plague. The church is sacred to St.Fabijan, St.Sebastijan and St.Rok. These saints were believed to protect the faithful from the plague. The church was closed during our visit. There was a colourful painting on the outside of the church.

    Near the church there is an old tower. This is one of seven that were parts of the city walls. There is also a viewing platform with views over the Kokra River.

    The Church View from next to the church. View from platform over the river. View from the platform over the river Old Tower
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    Preseren in Kranj

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2014

    Preseren, Slovenia’s most famous poet, lived in Kranj for the last three years of his life and died here. His final house is located at number seven Presernova ulica. The house has been made into a museum and displays some of Preseren’s furniture. It also contains his manuscripts, diaries and letters. Preseren is buried in a small cemetery called Preseren Grove about 500m north of Kranj.

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    St Kancijan Church

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 4, 2014

    St Kancijan Church is located on Kranj's main square. It was the only one of Kranj's churches which was open during our visit and it was lovely and peaceful inside.

    The church was founded in the 5th century, but most of the current building dates from the 15th century.

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    Layer House

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 24, 2006

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    In Tomšièeva ulica stands the house (number 32) where Leopold Layer, one of Slovenia’s most prominent painters, worked and died at the turn of the 18th century. With his workshop and techniques Layer mastered the whole Gorenjska region and over its border. The house is an important cultural monument because it housed the workshop of Leopold Layer (1752 – 1828) and his successor Egartner, and because of its architectural value.

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    Tavcarjeva ulica

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 24, 2006

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    This charming quiet pedestrian back street runs north to south in the eastern part of the Old Town. It has several charming old houses located on it including Haynes House and Bleiweis House in the northern section and the Tollhouse in the southern section along with the grand buildings of the Presbytery and Central Library.

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    Pavslar’s House

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 24, 2006

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    This is another house that dates from the 15th century and originally consisted of three independent dwellings that were then made into one in the 16th century. Further reconstructions were carried out in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to give it its present form. The late Gothic frescoes date from about 1526 and were discovered on the outer walls in 1967/68 and 1989. They represent St. Christopher, St. Florian, St. Sebastian, St. Nicholas, Ana Samotreja and others.

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    Petrcek’s House

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 24, 2006

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    I think this house was built in 1495 and was owned from new until the 17th century by the aristocratic family known as the Egks. In the first half of the 18th century its owners were the Floding barons. It then passed into the hands of many merchants and brewers until Mihael Pagliaruzzi bought it and reconstructed it between 1834 and 1847. This renewal gave the house its classical character, mostly expressed by its main façade with a pillar portal, colonnade vestibule, staircase and courtyard arcades. The house was then owned by the famous Kranj family called Mayr from 1855.

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    Gorenjska Regional Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 24, 2006

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    This regional archaeological and ethnological museum in the Town Hall charts the history of Kranj over 750 years through various artefacts such as furniture (including a large collection of storage trunks), musical instruments, tools, pots, paintings, china, silverware, costumes etc. There is also a section on pre-historic life in and around the city with early stone-age tools and pots and also some Roman remains. Well worth going to.

    Open: 10am-6pm Tues-Sun. Closed Monday's. Admission: 500SIT.

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    Town Hall

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    The Town Hall on Glavni trg is formed from the joining of two buildings. The first building, with the colonnade portico on the corner that contains a Roman sarcophagus, and clock tower, is the Old Town Hall that was built in the early 16th century. The second building was a former aristocratic mansion dating from the first half of the 17th century. The main entrance is through this building and features two early Slavic graves in the entrance hall that date from the 9th and 10th centuries. The building features a splendid Grand Hall on the first floor which has a wooden Renaissance ceiling and portals. The building, today, houses the Gorenjska Regional Museum with an ethnological collection and an archaeological display.

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