HISTORICAL FIGURES

Slovenia has many known historical figures who have contributed to the development of the Slovenian state, culture, language, literature, science and other fields important to us. Below we will learn more about these personalities, that each with his work or otherwise has affected the history of the Slovenian nation.

POETS

travel-slovenia-france-preseren-viewFrance Prešeren
France Prešeren is the greatest Slovenian poet, who was born on 3. December 1800 in village Vrba, he died on 8. February 1849 in Kranj. France Prešeren was born into peasant family in Vrba on Gorenjska. In year 1844 he wrote poem Toast, which 7th stanza is today Slovenian national anthem. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-srecko-kosovel-viewSrečko Kosovel
Srečko Kosovel is a Slovenian poet, publicist and reviewer, who was born on 18th March 1904 in Sežana, died on 27th May 1926 in Tomaj. Srečko’s family moved to Pliskavica, in Dolenji Karst, soon after his birth, but not for long. In year 1908 they moved to Tomaj, where they lived in a school. [_Read more_]


LINGUISTS

Matevž Ravnikar
Matevž Ravnikar, also known under the names Raunicher Matteo, Matevsh Ravnikar, Matej Ravnikar and Matthseus Raunicher, was Slovenian Roman-Catholic priest and bishop, born on 20. September 1776 in Vače. He died on 20. November 1845 in Trieste, that time Austrian empire. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-fran-ramovs-viewFran Ramovš
Fran Ramovš was a Slovenian dialectologist, onomast and linguist, who was born on September 14th 1890 in Ljubljana. He died on September 16th 1952, in Ljubljana as well. December 3rd 1919 he had at that time newly established University in Ljubljana his first lecture about Slovenian language. [_Read more_]


WRITERS

Matija Vertovec
Matija Vertovec was Slovenian professional writer and winegrower, who was born in January 28th 1784 in Jakuline, Šmarje in Vipava region. He died on September 2nd 1851 in Podnanos. He belongs among most visible Slovenian professional writers of 19th century. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-edvard-kocbek-viewEdvard Kocbek
Edvard Kocbek is a Slovenian writer, poet and politican. Born on 27. September 1904 in Sveti jurij pri Ščavnici, he died on 3. November 1981 in Ljubljana. In his life he wrote poetry, log-narrative prose, philosophical, theological and political studies, discussions, essays and articles. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-fran-saleski-finzgar-viewFran Saleški Finžgar
Slovenian writer, translator and dramatist, who was born on 8. Februar 1871 in Doslovče (village under Stol in Gorenjska), and died on 2. June 1962 in Ljubljana. Due to his longer and shorter narrations about peasant and bourgeois life is very importan and known in Slovenian literature. [_Read more_]

Miran Jarc
Miran Jarc was Slovenian poet, dramatist, writer, translator and publicist, born on July 5th 1900 in Črnomelj, he died on August 24th 1942 in Pugled pri Starem Logu. He was also known by his nickname Janez Suhi. In Stari Log memorial plaque for Miran Jarc is located, it was erected on September 13th 1952. [_Read more_]

Jože Kerenčič
Jože Kerenčič was a Slovenian writer, journalist, partisan and national hero. He was known as an activist of the Liberation front. His illegal name was Janko. He was born in Jastrebci on March 9th 1913, he died in Maribor on December 27th 1941, at the age of 28. Several streets are named after him [_Read more_]

Jožef Klekl
Jožef Klekl, also Stari Jožef Klekl, was Slovenian Chatolic priest, devout writer, publisher, editor and politican, who was born on 13. October 1874 in Krajna in municipality Tišina, he died on 30. May 1948 in Murska Sobota. He was born to Prekmurje family of eight children, parents were fairly-wealthy farmers. [_Read more_]


PAINTERS

Simon Ogrin
Simon Ogrin was Slovenian painter born on 6. October 1851 in Stara Vrhnika, he died on 3. May 1930 in Vrhnika. He was born as a first child in family of eight to tailer Luka Ogrin and Marija Skubelj. His paintings can be found all around Slovenia, as well as in Croatia and Dalmatia. [_Read more_]

Ferdo Vesel
Ferdo Vesel was one of the most important Slovenian painters, who was born on May 18th 1861, he died in Ljubljana on July 28th 1946. Vesel was working with landscaping, portraiture and folklore genre. His art works were torn between realistic and impressionist style. Painter Josip Potočnik was his student. [_Read more_]


ENGINEERS

Stanko Bloudek
Stanko Bloudek was Slovenian athlete, aviation constructor and planner of sport structures. He was born on February 11th 1890 in Idrija, he died on November 26th 1959 in Ljubljana. In his life he worked on four areas: aviation, automobilism, development of sport and constructing of sports structures. [_Read more_]


PUBLIC WORKERS

travel-slovenia-joze-plecnik-viewJože Plečnik
On this day in year 1872 the world-renowned greatest Slovenian architect was born, Jože Plečnik. He was the architect, who transformed the image of Ljubljana, and was also named for the architect of the Prague castle. He died on January 7th 1957 in his home in Trnovo.  [_Read more_]

Anton Trstenjak
Anton Trstenjak was a Slovenian anthropologist, psychologist and theologian, who was born on January 8th 1906 in Rodmošci near Gornja Radgona, he died on September 29th 1996 in Ljubljana. He was the son of a respectable farmer Janez and hearted mother Marija. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-artur-lokar-viewArtur Lokar
Artur Lokar was born on 12 June 1865 in Ajdovščina, where he died on 15 June 1926. After finishing elementary school Artur Lokar went go Gimnasium in Gorica and Trieste, where he finished his schooling. He continued his studies in Graz and became a notary. [_Read more_]

Janez Gregor Božič
Janez Gregor Božič was Slovenian sculptor, who was born in year 1675. His birthplace is not known, he died in Laško on March 13th 1724. Very little is known about Janez, he lived in the time of the Holy Roman empire and the sculptural activity he most likely studied in Klagenfurt, at the master M.A. Clauss. [_Read more_]


MUSICIANS

travel-slovenia-marjana-derzaj-viewMarjana Deržaj  
On 25th May 1936 Slovenian singer of amusing music Marjana Deržaj was born in Ljubljana. She died in Ljubljana, 18th January 2005. In her singing carrier she recorded 312 songs, most famous of them is Summer night, which she sang for the first time in year 1957 on Ljubljana radio. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-joze-privsek-viewJože Privšek
Jože Privšek was Slovenian composer, conductor, pianist and vibraphonist, who was born on 19. March 1937 and died on 11. June 1998. He started his music carrier as vibraphonist and pianist. He was most recognizable as a composer of many songs and arrangements of Pop and Jazz music. [_Read more_]


SPORTINGLY ACTIVE

Rok Petrovič
Rok Petrovič was Slovenian Alpine skier, who was born on Feberaury 5th 1966 in Ljubljana. He died on September 16th 1993 in Vela Luka in Croatia. Rok was the first Slovenian to win the the biggest children’s competition for Topolino Cup and won small crystal globe in the slalom category. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-nusa-tome-babnik-postNuša Tome-Babnik
Nuša Tome-Babnik was born in October 19th 1960 in Ljubljana, she died on November 10th 2015. She was a Slovenian Alpine skier, who competed for Yugoslavia on Winter Olympic Games in year 1980 in Lake Placid. She competed in giant slalom and slalom. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-svet-matejaMateja Svet
Mateja Svet was a Slovenian Alpine skier, born on 16th August 1968 in Ljubljana. In year 1984 she became young world champion in giant slalom, what was her first noticeable success. Next season, 1984/85, in Slovak Vysoke Tatry she got her first Slovenian women victory in World championship in giant slalom. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-bojan-krizaj1-viewBojan Križaj
Bojan Križaj is a Slovenian Alpine skier, born on January 3rd 1957 in Kranj, to a famous skiing family from Tržič. His first skiing experience had been at the age of three. The breakthrough to the top in skiing started in the season 1967/77, when he won his first point for world cup in giant slalom. [_Read more_]

travel-slovenia-franc-knezFranc Knez
Franc Knez or Franček Knez was born on 15 July 1955. He finished more than 5000 ascent, which includes more than 700 paramount ascents. He joined the expedition with paramount acents in America (El Capitan and Fitz Boy – Cerro Torre and Torre Egger) and Himalaya (Lhotse). [_Read more_]


PARTISANS

travel-slovenia-ludvik-kukavica-viewLudvik Kukavica
Ludvik Kukavica was born in 1908 in Zgornji Kašelj near Ljubljana, he died in 1982. On 16.7.1941 he joined a partisan group on Pugled from which the II. group detachment was formed in the year 1942. And right here he experienced his baptism by fire, when Germans invaded Janče; Germans had lost this fight. [_Read more_]


FOREIGN FIGURES

Atravel-slovenia-arnold-rikli-viewrnold Rikli
Arnold Rikli was born on 13. Februar 1823 in Wangen an der Aare in Switzerland, he died on 30. April 1906 in Sankt Thomas in Koroška (then Austria-Hungary). He was Swiss hydropath and natural healer. He was healing with help of water. He came on Bled because of his illness. [_Read more_]