The Škofja Loka Museum's Historical Collections cover the origin of the Škofja Loka seigniory and the castles in the area of Škofja Loka, as well as the beginnings and the development of the town itself. The Guild's Collection showcases the rich heritage of the local artisans and tradespeople.
The Contemporary History Collection presents the twentieth-century history of the area of Škofja Loka.
For curious minds:
The Škofja Loka seigniory was the largest and most unified seigniory in the historical region of Carniola. Its beginnings date back to 973, when the German Emperor Otto II bestowed Loka (the present-day Stara Loka, i.e. Old Loka), the Selca and Poljane Valleys (Selška and Poljanska dolina), and the Sora Plain (Sorško polje) on the bishop of Freising, Abraham. The Škofja Loka seigniory existed until 1803, when it was nationalised by the Habsburg Monarchy.
In the past, the territory of the Škofja Loka seigniory boasted seven castles, namely the Škofja Loka Castle, the Upper Tower on the Krancelj hill, the Old Castle below Lubnik, the Puštal Castle, the Ajman Castle near the village of Sveti Duh, the Stara Loka Castle and the Šempeter Castle in Stražišče.
In order to protect themselves from the competition of the tradesman from rural areas and foreigners, tradesmen in the medieval town of Škofja Loka, established various guilds from the mid-fifteenth century onwards. The museum houses the heritage related to the following Škofja Loka-based guilds: blacksmiths', shoemakers', tanners', tailors', potters', bakers' and butchers' guilds.
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