Ivan in Franja Tavčar Collection
The collection is devoted to the renowned Slovenian writer and politician Dr Ivan Tavčar and his wife, Franja Tavčar.
Also on view is the heritage related to the Kalan family, who owned the Visoko Mansion for 250 years before the estate was bought by Tavčar, including painted farmhouse furniture from the 18th century, the portraits of the last two inhabitants of the Visoko Mansion – Ana and Janez Kalan, and a wrought-iron trunk, which served as the family's strongbox.
For curious minds:
- Ivan Tavčar, who was born on 28 August 1851 in the village of Poljane, graduated from the Faculty of Law in Vienna. Between 1875 and 1883, he first worked as a trainee lawyer for various Ljubljana- and Kranj-based lawyers, and in 1884, after passing the bar examination, he set up his own legal practice in Ljubljana. In 1887, he married Franja Košenini, with whom he had five children. In 1893, he bought an estate in Visoko in the Poljane Valley. He died on 19 February 1923 in Ljubljana and was buried in the family tomb in Visoko.
- Franja Tavčar, née Košenini, was born on 8 February 1868 in a Ljubljana-based bourgeois family. Her parents died when she was a little girl and she was raised by her uncles and aunts. She attended the German lower-secondary school ('Bürgerschule') run by the Ursuline sisters. By attending reading societies and theatrical performances, she was introduced to a national-minded environment at an early age and started participating in Slovenian cultural and educational events. She is remembered for her work as an active social-minded worker, political activist and humanitarian, and she won numerous accolades in recognition of her work. She died on 8 April 1938 and is buried in the family tomb in Visoko.
- The Visoko Homestead – also known as the Tavčar Homestead, Tavčar's or Kalan's Mansion – is one of Slovenia's most important architectural monuments. It constitutes the peak in the development of rural architecture, reflecting the economic power and spiritual horizons of the richest class of farmers in Slovenia in the second half of the 18th century. Its present-day appearance is a result of gradual development that took place between the homestead’s first mention in written sources in the 13th century and the final changes in the 20th century.