THE PREŽIHOV VORANC COTTAGE AND THE KRAUPER GRANARY

The Prežihov Voranc Cottage is a memorial museum dedicated to Lovro Kuhar (1893–1950), a Slovenian writer whose pen name was Prežihov Voranc. The cottage is located in Preški Vrh over Kotlje. There are great views of the Uršlja Gora Mountain and the Hotulja Valley from the cottage.

The cottage is a characteristic building of a small-scale farmer from Koroška. From the ethnographic perspective, the cottage is interesting due to the layout of the rooms and the bedroom, making the cottage a typical representative of a house with an open-hearth kitchen. In the cottage, some biographical and literary fragments are displayed, telling a story about Prežih's work and life at a young age. The cottage and its surroundings give a feel of history at the time of Prežih's life, as well as the life of his fictional characters.

The Krauper granary dates back to the 19th century and was formerly a part of the Krauper homestead. It is now located at the Prežihov Voranc Cottage's farmyard. Granaries are typical for homesteads, used for storing grain and meat products. The Krauper granary is a wooden building with a cellar and a typical roofed balcony ("gank"). Its decorative details make it a fine monument of farmhouse architecture, which is why the cottage and the granary are certainly worth visiting.

A mighty bronze statue of Prežihov Voranc stands over the Prežihov Voranc Cottage, made by Stojan Batič, an academic sculptor.

All those who would like to learn more about the life of Lovro Kuhar – Prežihov Voranc are kindly invited to have a chat with Metka Petrič, Kuhar's granddaughter. She will shed light on her family history and the memory of her grandpa.

Reproduced from: Koroška Regional Museum (www.kpm.si)