The city of Kranj, with apx 53.000 citizens (data from 2007) is capital of Gorenjska and lies on high rock between rivers Save and Kokra.
Kranj is known for very developed industrie, Iskra, Sava, Tekstilindus, Planika, IBI - unfortunately, many of this companies are closed today.
Kranj is laso known as City of Preseren, because,dr. France Preseren, worked in lived here last years of his life. He died here and is barried in Presernov gaj.
Famous people from Kranj are: Leopold Layer (painter), France Preseren (laywer and poet), Janez bleiweis (politician), Janez Avgustin Puhar (inventor), Simon Jenko (poet), Andrej Sifrer (singer), brata Borut In Darjan Petric (swimers), Andrej Stremfelj (alpinist), ...
Kranj main attractions
Main attractions of Kranj are: Church of st. Kancijan and friends, Mitnica, City defense wall, Preserens museum, Tunnels under old Kranj, ...
Khieselstein Castle is located in the old part of Kranj, clamped in the town walls on the cliffs from which was in the past monitored the bridge across the river Sava and its nearby surroundings.
It is named by the owner, Janz Khisl, who give tha Castle present form in the 16th century. In the past, there was a glass workshop and shop.
Owners of the Castle in the history: Mosconov noble family, Ravbar familiy, Apfaltrer familiy, Auerspergs, and finally Natalis Pagliaruzzi.
Gorenjska Museum in Kranj collects, conserves and displays culture, which was left to us by our ancestors in Gorenjska.
In the museum there are collections: archaeological, etnologycal, a collection of folk art, old artistic, cultural and contemporary history and modernity, Slovenian cabinet photographs, artistic creativity.
Much attention is devoted to children served by the various creative workshops.
-Fran Saleški Finžgar (slovenian writer)
-Dolinar, Alojz (skulptor)
-Little War Museum
-house of Finžgar in Doslovče
-Castle in Kranj Khislstein
-City Hall in Kranj
-Tomaz Godec Museum, Bistrica
-Oplen house under Studor
-Alpine Dairy Museum, Old Fužina
-Kranj Prešeren House
Water tower in Kranj is located near the bridge over the river Kokra beside the road linking the Zlato polje and Primskovo. Water tower was built at the beginning of the century.
In June of 2004 tower blew beacuse of the too much pressure and was repaired and put on his new, beautiful hat. Since the water tower in Kranj has great historic, artistic and architectural importance of the landscape it is registered as immovable cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture.
The reservoir of water at the top at a height of 43 m has capacity of 250 cubic meters. This was sometimes the water pressure regulator in Kranj and its surroundings, and even today it is still included in the public water supply, providing pressure to the surrounding houses, and serves as buffer for pressure equalization.
France Preseren statue
Famous people from Kranj
Leopold Layer, painter
Friderik Irenej Baraga, missionair in north america
Dr. France Preseren, poet
Dr. Janez Bleiweis, jurnalist, doctor, vet
Janez Avgustin Puhar, inventor of photography on glass
Simon Jenko, poet
Janez Mencinger, writer
Hinko Smrekar, painter
Ivan Pregelj, writer
Lojze Dolinar, skulptur
Peter Lipar, composer
Marjan Sorli, architect
Bostjan Hladnik, movie director
Andrej Sifrer, musician
Andrej Stremfelj, alpinist
Borut Petric and Darjan Petric, brothers, swimmers
Primoz Grasic, guitar player
dr. Vlado Ravnik, profesor
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