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SHOW 422 .. 12th February 2012

- The Museum of Natural History 
- Plečnik’s house 
- Artist blacksmith Miha Krištof 
- Alpine climber Marjan Manfreda 
- Velika Planina and its bajtarji  

The Slovenian Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History is Slovenia’s central museum in the field of the natural sciences as well as the oldest cultural and scientific institution in the country. The museum, which evolved from the Carniolan Museum established in 1821, holds collections of national, European and world importance.
Plečnik’s house
This year we celebrate the 140th anniversary of the birth of a great Slovenian and Central European architect, urban planner and designer, Jože Plečnik, who left an indelible mark on three European capitals: Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna. For this anniversary, Slovenian and Czech experts are preparing a nomination proposal for the inclusion of Plečnik’s work in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Today we present Plečnik’s House in Ljubljana, where he lived the last 36 years of his life until his death in 1957.
Artist blacksmith Krištof
Slovenia boasts a rich blacksmith heritage. In the first half of the 20th century, the village of Kropa in the northwest of the country was a blacksmithing centre of significant importance. This was where master smith Joža Bertoncelj created his own distinctive style. His wrought iron masterpieces were included in architectural creations by architects including the great Jože Plečnik. Today, there are only a few masters of artistic blacksmithing in Slovenia. One of these is Miha Krištof.
Alpine Climber Marjan Manfreda
There are many excellent alpine climbers in Slovenia who have pushed the limits of what’s possible, including in the Himalayas. In the 1970s, Marjan “Marjon” Manfreda was the leading national alpine climber of his generation. Even today, in his mature years, this legendary Slovenian alpinist is still drawn to the rock faces, but he’s also found a new passion – carving and sculpture.
Bajtarji on Velika Planina
Velika Planina is a mountain plateau in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps and is famous for one of the most picturesque herdsmen’s settlements in Europe. But it’s another feature that makes it particularly special: at the end of the grazing season, when the herdsmen and their cattle leave Velika Planina, the so-called bajtarji, or cottagers, take over. These admirers of the plateau see to it that Velika Planina remains alive through the winter months too. They have even developed their own particular culture.
 



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