Notable Slovenes

Anton Martin Slomšek, Priest and educator in the age of Enlightenment

One of the most significant contributions to Slovenian education was made by Anton Martin Slomšek, a prominent Slovenian of the time. Born in 26 November 1800, the same year as France Prešeren, he was to be appointed to an exalted position as the Bishop of Lavant, but the work into which he put all his energy and undoubtedly great ability was Slovenian language education. 

Žiga Zois, Man of the Enlightenment

It was the Age of Enlightenment. In Austria and in Slovenian lands of the empire, Žiga Zois became the leading patron of the arts and sciences, owner of the largest private library in the Austrian Empire, second only to the State Library of Vienna. It is estimated that the library collection exceeded 2,700 titles in the second decade of the nineteen century.

Yuri Venelin (1802-1839)

Yuriy Venelin: Ancient and Modern Slovenes

Yuri Venelin (1802-1839) was Russian and the first historian of the Slavic peoples on European territory. He maintained that European history had been written almost exclusively from the Roman or German point of view, ignoring the presence and influence of the Slavic peoples of Europe.


Vladimir Bartol and his novel Alamut

Vladimir Bartol (1903-1967) published his novel Alamut in 1938. Set in northwestern Persia of 1092, it was intended to be a metaphor for Europe of his own time, providing insight into the rise of totalitarianism.

Maksim Gaspari: Self-portrait (1905) (lastna podoba)

Maksim Gaspari. Artist for the People

Maksim Gaspari, (1883 – 1980) Slovenian painter and illustrator has been and continues to be immensely popular in his homeland. His is a priceless cultural legacy to Slovenian people, embedded principally in a huge postcard collection. He had created a unique and distinct style, and a pictorial and artistic corpus of work portraying the people of rural Slovenia in the 19th century.

Herman of Carinthia

Slovenian translator and polymath Herman of Carinthia was most probably born in Carinthia, the ancient…


Boris Pahor

The writer of the oppressed This year Boris Pahor, Slovenian writer living in Trieste (Italy)…

Jože Plečnik

The architectural legend of Slovenia Joze Plečnik (1872-1957) holds a special place in the history…