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    Prešeren’s Theatre

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    This theatre is located next to the parish church in a wide passage that once extended down to the Kokra River. It was built in 1909 as a public house for educational activities and entertaining associations. The building was rebuilt in 1952 by architect Jože Plečnik who added the arcade to the façade.

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    Presbytery

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    The Presbytery was built in 1749 and is one of the most important monuments of Baroque architecture in Kranj. The ground plan of the house is in the shape of a horseshoe, which encloses the arcade courtyard, and is open towards the Kokra Canyon. The buildings most prominent features is the main front pilaster façade with a portal made from red stone. The Baroque mansion was connected to the neighbouring building, the Diocese (today’s Central Library), in 1891.

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    Central Library/Diocese

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    In the year 1874 the bishop of Ljubljana, Jernej Vidmar, built a new building called the Diocese on the site of a chapel from the 18th century which belonged to the Kostnk Chapel. Today the building houses the Central Library which represents the biggest institution of its kind in the Gorenjska region.

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    Tollhouse

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    This building was one of the most important medieval buildings in Kranj. It’s located near the bridge that goes over the Kokra River and was built in 1527 to collect taxes for crossing over the bridge. The building represents the early form of town houses with console-supported upper stories, which appeared in the first half of the 16th century. The portal on the main façade is semicircular and edged with buckwheat grain.

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    Kokra River Canyon

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    The Kokra River flows through the centre of Kranj and meets up with the Sava River which then heads towards Ljubljana. The Old Town of Kranj is found at the confluence of the two rivers and is built on top of a dramatic escarpment which was left standing after the Kokra River carved out the canyon that runs down the Old Town’s eastern side. The best views of the canyon are from the bridge on Postna ulica (near the post office) and from Pungert, the southern point of the Old Town. There is a walking trail which you can take through the canyon.

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    City Wall

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    The city wall runs for a total length of 870 metres and is 6 metres high. It runs down the western side of the Old Town from Maister trg to Pungert whilst the eastern side is protected by the Kokra River Canyon. The most exposed part of the town was the north part which was protected by a deep moat and double walls that were approximately ten metres wide. The suburbs outside the city wall only started to develop after the 16th century to any great extent.

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    Bleiweis House

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    This house is a baroque building that was rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century. It was the place of birth of Dr Janez Bleiweis (1808-1881) who was a Slovene economist, politician, writer and editor of Kmetijske in rokodelske novice (Farmers and Craftsmen's news). He was also the most important personality of Slovene veterinary medicine in the 19th century. A memorial plaque was placed on the façade in 1981 by the Association of Vets and Veterinary Technicians of Slovenia to mark the centenary of his death. It reads:

    Born in this house he was
    a doctor and veterinarian,
    organiser of agriculture
    and veterinary science
    and a veterinarian school
    in the Kranjska region, he was a writer, journalist and politician
    Dr. Janez Bleiweis (1808-1881)

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    Prešeren’s House

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Prešeren’s house was home to Slovenia’s greatest poet Dr. France Prešeren (1800-1849) for the last two years of his life and in fact he died here in the front bedroom. Today the house has been turned into a memorial museum where, contained in five rooms, is a collection of artefacts devoted to his life and work. The collection includes furniture, original and copied poems, manuscripts, letters and diaries.

    Open: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.

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    Maistrov Trg

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Maistrov Trg (Maister Square) is the gateway into the Old Town where the upper town gates were located in the 15th century. The gates were protected by a high tower but today all that remains of the defences in the square is the, rather hidden from view, Spital Tower which was one of seven along the city wall.

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    High School/Gymnasium

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    This classical style building was built as a secondary school in 1897 by architect Wilhem Tre on the site of the vicarage and Križar farm in the Kokra suburb. Today, the Kranj grammar school is one of the biggest grammar schools in Slovenia. In 33 classrooms, two gymnasiums, a conference hall and multi-purpose space, lessons are on going in 34 departments in which 1012 pupils are registered. The building faces Slovenski trg (Slovene Square) which is located just to the north of the Old Town on the way to the bus station.

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    Slovene Square

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2006

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    In 1886, the City of Kranj bought the farm of the Khislstein Manor in the suburb of Kokrica and arranged, here, a tree-lined promenade. In 1922, the National Center (Narodni dom), designed by architect Ivan Vurnik, was erected on the east side of the park. The building with its monumental façade enclosed the park on the east. In the years following World War II, Vurnik’s building was reconstructed, and the park was renamed Revolution Square in 1961. Today the square is known as Slovene Square after being redesigned by the architect Marijan Tepina and features a few nice sculptures by Janez Dolinar called Workers Strike, The Beginning of the Uprising, Partisan Battle and Revolution.

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    The Old Town

    by viddra Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    The old town draws everyone's attention because of its numerous archaeological and other attractions, among which the most important are architect Joze Plechnik's arcades and fountain, the 16-17th-century Town Hall, the ancient tollhouse and Kislkamen Castle.

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    Gorenjski Muzej

    by viddra Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    There are 2 collections on display: the works of academically trained sculptor Lojze Dolinar (1893-1970) and an ethnological collection entitled Folk Art in Gorenjska featuring the beautiful heritage of painted and carved peasant furniture, tools, festive costumes and pottery of the region.

    The translation of the Bible into Slovanian dating from 1545 is also displazed in the Gorenjska museum.

    During Xmas time you can see some beautiful decorations made of wax.

    The museum's open on Tue-Fri from 10-12 and 17-19, weekends from 10-12. It's closed on Mon.

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    Mestna Hiša

    by viddra Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    The Town Hall (Mestna Hiša) is 1 of the most important cultural monuments in Slovenia. It's in fact 2 buildings (1 from the 16th century and the other from the 17th century) in 1. The ground floor of the older part's used for temporary art and museum displays.

    On the main square, right in front of the Town Hall, there's a Carniolan communal well whose top's adorned with a gilded ball and an eagle that symbolizes the City of Kranj.

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    Prešernova Hiša

    by viddra Written Dec 30, 2005

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    Kranj's also called the City of Prešeren because Slovenia's greatest poet, Dr. France Prešeren (1800-1849), lived, worked and died here.

    You can visit his memorial museum, where the bedroom and barrister's office are equipped with authentic furniture. You can also see the originals and facsimiles of the poet's works, such as 'The Baptism by Savica'. Prešeren's personal archives are also on display.

    The picture's showing the poet's monument done by Frančišek Smerdu and Peter Loboda in 1952.

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