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    Birthplace of Anton Tomaž Linhart

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Photo 1: This house was the birthplace of Anton Tomaž Linhart (1756-1795) the first Slovene dramatic, historian and scholar. His name was given to the main street of ancient Radovljica, Lindhartov trg.

    Linhart was born in Radovlijca from a Czech immigrant. He began to write literary works in German. Later, he wrote in Slovenian . He wrote the first slovenian play and translated from French "Le Mariage de Figaro", by Beaumarchais.

    On the front of the house, four medallions have been carved, representing various arts.
    Photo 2 shows three musicians playing.
    Photo 3 shows stone carving
    Photo 4 shows painting
    Photo 5 shows architecture and building

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    Josipina Hočevar monument

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Midway to Linhardtov trg stands a fountain with on top the statue of a young boy. This is Josipina Hočevarjevi monument. It was built in 1908 by Joseph Pavlin, a local sculptor from the Vurnik stone-cutting workshop. Josipina Hočevar was a benefactress of the city.

    Josipina Mulej was born in 1824 in Radovljica from wealthy parents that owned an inn. At 18, she married 32 years old Martin Hočevarjem. They ran a restaurant in Krsko and various trades (wine, vine, building). She established several grants in order to promote girls’ education and to help students from Radovljica. She paid for setting water supply in Radovljica. When she died in 1911, the main part of her inheritance was used for a permanent funding for 15 grants to students of Radovljica and for a home for poor children. Hence the statue of a young boy on the monument dedicated to her memory. Sadly, as her fund invested on Austrian war bonds, it ran broke after WWI.

    Photo 1. The fountain with Vidic House on the right
    Photo 2. On the side, a medallion with Josipina Hočevar
    Photo 3. The boy with his leather bag.

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    Vidičeva Hiša (Vidic House)

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Vidic House stands 3, Linhardtov trg. It was built in 1634 and is considered as a typical example of wealthy manor-houses built in Carniola in the XVIIth. It stands at the beginning of Linhardtov trg and with its corner tower, draws strongly the attention.

    The ground level is a Café & confectionery. They have a great variety of ice-creams. They also rent rooms and apartments.

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    Lect living museum

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    In the underground of Lectar House is set the Living Ginger Bread Workshop. Lect (ginger bread) making has been a tradition in Slovenia for centuries. A lectarija (lect workshop) was opened in 1766 in the house. You can now visit the workshop where lect is made both for sale and for the show. They make heart shaped lect, hence the name, lect heart that gave Lectar.
    Photo 1. The paste is rolled under a XIXth century device.
    Photo 2. The paste is shaped as a heart in a tin mold.
    Photo 3. The paste is now ready for baking
    Photo 4. Once baked, the heart has to be coated with various colors, as shown on the photo. Altogether, the whole process takes up to a week. More on next tip.

    Website: http://www.lectar.com/

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    Šivčeva Hiša (Sivec House)

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Šivčeva Hiša (Sivec House) (Sivec House) stands 22, Linhardtov trg. It was built in the middle of the XVIth in late Gothic style. The vaulted hall with colonnades in the ground floor is used as a gallery. The first floor was the living quarters of the house, with a smoke kitchen and a granary. It is now used for weddings.

    Photo 1. Šivčeva Hiša (Sivec House) (Sivec House)

    Photo 2. Šivčeva Hiša (Sivec House) with Mali Hiša (Sivec House) in the background (far left)
    The front of Sivec House has XVIIth century Renaissance frescoes.

    Photo 3. Close up on the windows and central fresco with a bearded man clad in a white tunic, walking towards a naked shepherdess sleeping under a tree. There are goats grazing in the background.

    Photo 4. Though standing 22, Linhardtov trg and built in the mid XVIth, over the main entrance is carved number 33 and the date of 1629. Strange!

    Photo 5. The entrance into the gallery is not by the main entrance but by this side entrance, that was closed when we visited Radovljica.

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    Graščina and Glasbena Šola

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    The Graščina (the Manor but better Thurn Manor) is the most imposing building on Linhardtov trg, standing at number 1. It has a long history as there has been a mansion in this place since the Middle-Ages.
    What we can see today was mostly built in the XVIIIth in Baroque style, when it was owned by the earls of Thurn-Valsassina.

    In the Northeastern inner part, the old Ortenburg castle, built in the XIIIth have been swallowed and now almost invisible except in the basement and the ground level. Same in the northwestern inner part where remains of the Dietrichstein castle are also well hidden.

    Thurn Manor is the seat for the music school and for the annual Radovljica Early Music Festival

    Photo 1. General view on Thurn Manor
    Photo 2. Each window is framed with stucco with garlands of fruits and flowers and men’s figures. All the stucco was made in the 1830s.
    Photo 3. On each side of the entrance, Hercules hold the building.
    Photo 4. On top of the entrance, a womanly figure and the coat of arms of the earls of Thurn-Valsassina

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    Graščina and Čebelarski muzej

    by JLBG Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Thurn Manor has an outstanding double staircase. It leads to the Čebelarski muzej (Museum of Apiculture).
    Slovenia has a very long history of beekeeping. Apis mellifera carnica, the Carniolan Bee is today a worldwide known bee though, outside Slovenia, most beekeepers don't even know it’s Carniolan origin. In the XIXth, numerous colonies were exported to California and Oregon

    If you want to buy Carniolan bees, they are for sale on line on Carniolan bee

    The Museum of Apiculture shows living bees at work as well as traditional beehives painted with amazing decors. It is a must visit.

    The sliding beehive was invented in Slovenia. It allows easy collection of honeycombs and easy transport of a whole colony. It leaded to the development a folk art special to the country: for centuries, beehives have been painted with naïve art figures. Many are outstanding. The museum has a large collection of such beehives on display.

    You can have a virtual visit of the Museum of Apiculture but the live visit is much better.

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    Various shapes and size of lect

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Lectar does not only make heart shaped gingerbread. As mushroom grow abundantly in the country, it is another popular shape. Actually, they have a great variety of shapes. All are not shown here: besides heart and mushrooms, there are pigs, horses, houses, bees, etc… Each of them can be in various shapes. Moreover there is an almost infinite variety of coatings, given that the background is bright red and white is the second main color. For special occasions such as weddings, etc they can make exactly what is required and add the names.

    These gingerbread are edible but are usually ket as a souvenir and if the atmosphere is dry, they keep well for years

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    Strange wood carvings

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    In the small park near the church stand a series of strange wooden statues, roughly carved.

    Photo 1. A pile of school childrens?

    Photo 2. A mysterious girl, clad in a long tunique.

    Photo 3. The same, shot from another side.

    Photo 4. The question is not what you feel it figures but what the artist wanted to figure!

    Photo 5. It might have been inspired by Easter island.

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    Gostilna Lectar

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Photo 1: Gostilna Lectar (Lectar restaurant) with Vidic House in the background. Gostilna Lectar was built in the XVIth and has been an inn since 1822. It is now a restaurant that cooks typical Slovenian dishes. It is also a pension and they rent 9 rooms

    Photo 2: In the entrance of the restaurant, they have a small museum with traditional furniture and musical instruments used in Carniola.

    Directions: info@lectar.com

    Website: http://www.lectar.com/

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    Un named house

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Photo 1. This house is next to Gostilna Avguštin (Restaurant Augustin), Linhardtov trg 15 and in front of Vidic House but I have not found any information it.

    Photo 2. on the front, a fresco. Again, I have not found any information on its meaning.

    Photo 3. The side of the house with another fresco (next photo) and Josipina Hočevar monument (see next tip)

    Photo 4. The fresco on the side seems to represent the virgin with a child and amazingly, there seems to be a snake on the left.

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    Mali hiša

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Photo 1. Mali hiša (the small house) stands at 25 Linhardtov trg. Unfortunately, I could not take a good photo as there was a large sunshade standing in front. On the photo, it is the small house with a triple arch on the far left.

    Photo 2. On each side of the entrance, there is a bench that was used in the past as a pillory for those condemned

    Photo 3. The entrance, with its triple vault.

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    Church of St. Peter and rectory

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Sv. Petra (Saint Peter parish church) was built in 1300 in Romanesque style. It was rebuilt and made larger in the Xvth. It stands on the Market place, together with the Rectory.

    Photo 1: front of St Peter with its three entrances, built on the model of the parish church in Kranj.

    Photo 2: close-up on the three portals carved in Flamboyant Gothic style by Angelo Pozzo in 1713.

    Photo 3: Close-up on top of the main entrance with five saints, each standing in a niche (oops, one is missing, empty niche)

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    Gorenjska cesta

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Though Art Nouveau Cebeliča is the most prominent building on Gorenjska cesta, some other buildings are worth a look. They are administrative buildings such as Court house, Prosecutor's Office, Ministry of Defence, etc…

    Photo 1. At number 16, Gorenjska cesta, Gorenjska banka is in a 1920 building with an ornate entrance.
    Photo 2. Close up on the entrance.
    Photo 3. In front, on the other side of the street, another building has been built in the same period. The entrance, too is worth a look with the face of a nice lady.

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    Linhardtov trg

    by JLBG Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Photo 1. General view on Linhardtov trg, from the south end, in front of Thurn Manor (on the right). Josipina Hočevar monument shows in the middle, in the background.

    Photo 2. On both sides of Linhardtov trg, narrow vaulted alleys lead to inner yards.

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