Kajžnk Manor House

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Kajžnkova hiša, Rateče
Rateče 43, SI-4283 Rateče-Planica
Phone386 (0) 4 587 6148
Managed byUpper Sava Valley Museum, Jesenice
Irena Lačen Benedičič, Director

Kajžnk Manor House, situated in the centre of Rateče at the three-country border of Slovenia, Italy and Austria in the Municipality of Kranjska Gora, houses an ethnological museum collection, representing the heritage of Rateče. The house was built at the turn of the 18th century and is now declared a local cultural monument together with the collection inside, established in 2006 by the Upper Sava Valley Museum, Jesenice.


Kajžnik house is named Kajžnk in a local pronunciation. It was adapted several times, in the 19th and the 20th centuries and most recently in 1995–2004 after a fire, when it was purchased and renovated by the Municipality of Kranjska Gora. The two-storey masonry building with a wooden corridor at the gable and a typical ground floor plan (room [hiša] with closet [kamra], entrance hall with a black kitchen [črna kuhinja], and granary [kašča]) represents a well-preserved example of vernacular residential architecture for a typical middle-class farming family. Notable façade elements also include a stonework entry portal, frescoes of Saint Florian, and a sundial.


The ethnological collection consists of 400 objects of folk customs, dresses, and other handicraft items of the Rateče area. On the ground floor is a reconstruction of a black kitchen and pantry, furnished with authentic period furniture, tools and other equipment. On the first floor there is a multi-purpose room with a tourist-information corner, where different workshops, meetings, and temporary exhibitions take place. The smaller room houses a historical outline of Rateče. In the attic is an ethnological archive, including a rare 80-year-old film recording of village life, and a computer experience of Planica ski jumps.

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