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
On this day in year 1904 Slovenian poet Srečko Kosovel was born, mostly known as the poet of Karst, revolution and death. He created a brand new and personally coloured melody in Slovenian poetry. One of his most famous works is Ecstasy of Death, which was first published in year 1964. [_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
On this day Slovenian dialectologist, onomast and linguist Fran Ramovš was born. He was professor of Slovenian language and phonetics on Faculty of philosophy in Ljubljana, as well a rector of University of Ljubljana. After him Institute for Slovenian language is named. [_Read more_]


WRITERS

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
On this day in year 1900 was born, in Črnomelj, the Slovenian poet, dramatist, writer, translator and publicist Miran Jarc. He died on August 24th 1942 in Pugled pri Starem Logu. He was also known by his nickname Janez Suhi. In his time he wrote prose, poems, dramatic attempts, essays and reviews. [_Read more_]

Jože Kerenčič
On this day in year 1913 Slovenian writer, journalist, partisan and national hero was born, Jože Kerenčič. He died in Maribor on December 27th 1941, at the age of 28. He was known as an activist of the Liberation front. His illegal name was Janko. His works were connected with Slovenia-Gorica people. [_Read more_]

Jožef Klekl
On this day in year 1874 in Krajna Slovenian Chatolic priest, devout writer, publisher, editor and politican was born, Jožef Klekl. He died on 30. May 1948 in Murska Sobota. He was known as self-proclaimed leader of Prekmurje and Hungarian propagandist. He participated at agrarian reform in Prekmurje. [_Read more_]


PAINTERS

Simon Ogrin
On this day in year 1851 in Stara Vrhnika Slovenian painter was born, Samo Ogrin, he died on 3. May 1930 in Vrhnika. At age of sixteen he started to learn at fine artist Avguštin Götzl, at that time he visited Sunday and craft school. His paintings are seen around Slovenia, 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
On this day in 1890 Slovenian athlete, aviation constructor and planner of sport structures, Stanko Bloudek was born in Idrija. He died on November 26th 1959 in Ljubljana. He was born to a family of five children, father Jeroslav was a mechanical engineer from Telče, mother Minka was Slovenian. [_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_]


MUSICIANS

travel-slovenia-marjana-derzaj-viewMarjana Deržaj 
On this day, in year 1936, Slovenian singer of amusing music was born in Ljubljana. The singer recorded 312 songs; most famous of them is Summer night, which she sang for the first time in year 1957 on Ljubljana radio. She received the Viktor for life’s work in year 1995. [_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

travel-slovenia-nusa-tome-babnik-postNuša Tome-Babnik
On this day in year 1960 Slovenian Alpine skier Nuša Tome-Babnik was born, she died on November 10th 2015. She competed for Yugoslavia on Winter Olympic Games in year 1980 in Lake Placid. She competed in giant slalom and slalom. In category giant slalom she won 22. place. [_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_]