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In the centre of Kranjska Gora, on the road which used to be the main arterial road of the village of Borovška vas, there is an impressive mansion from the second half of the 17th century - Liznjek Grange. At one time it was an inn, but now it has been converted into a museum.

Today Liznjek Grange accommodates an ethnological museum, a gallery, and a permanent exhibition about the writer Josip Vandot.

Not much is known about the occupants of this house. Vid Černe, who has been documenting the history of Kranjska Gora, relies on the words of the historian Dr. Franc Černe, “According to these facts, Ignac Košir (1768-1852) created a full property out of a three-quarter property.” Despite the fact that this was once the wealthiest homestead in the village, its owners lived modestly. There are rumours of treasure being buried somewhere, and according to Tone Domevšček, one of the Liznjeks’ descendants, the Košir brothers were said to have so much money that “one strong man could not carry it for a quarter of an hour”.

At the end of 19th century, as the Košir brothers had no offspring they decided to look for their descendants in the Trenta valley. In this way it happened that the grandparents of Tone Domevšček took over Liznjek Grange. Soon afterwards the father died, and the mother, Katarina, was left alone with her four children.

A picture by Maksim Gaspari shows Katarina Domevšček spinning wool. It's on display in Liznjek Grange.

“They had different destinies,” says Marica Globočnik, one of the oldest inhabitants of Kranjska Gora. “Anton moved to Štajerska with his family, and Lojzka was shot by an amorous border guard and died some time later of gunshot wounds. Therefore only Andrej and Avguštin stayed at the estate. Gustl, the last owner of the grange. He was special, a nice man. The locals remember him also because of his donkey – together they were a kind of a symbol of Kranjska Gora.

Gustl, the last owner of the grange.

Tone Domevšček, his wife Marija and uncle Gustl (on the right).

One of the last occupants of Liznjek Grange was also the great-grandson of Katarina Domevšček, Miro Lebar. He says he has nice memories of his childhood. “We spent our entire youth in the barn. We had boxing gloves there, we played cowboys and Indians…” The life in the house was unpretentious. There was no hot water, and it was also quite cold.

“My mother used to heat a brick in the evening, wrap it in newspaper and a blanket and put it between our socks to keep us warm,” recalls Lebar.

Liznjek Grange was slowly starting to decay, falling prey to the ravages of time. In 1983 the house was renovated and converted into a museum. Only the interior of the house testifies the former power of the estate owners.

Although the furniture in Liznjek Grange today comes from different places, it reflects the spirit of the former mansion.

Photos: LTO Kranjska Gora

LTO – ZAVOD ZA TURIZEM

OBČINE KRANJSKA GORA

Kolodvorska ulica 1B

4280 Kranjska Gora

T.+386 (0)4 5885020

info@kranjska-gora.eu

www.kranjska-gora.si

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