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Gradišče above Bašelj

The hilltop settlement of Gradišče in the foothills of the mountain Storžič had an exclusive value in the Early Medieval Carniola. Uncovered layers with numerous iron objects and ceramic fragments from the period between the end of the 8th century and the beginning of the 10th century were found at the place.


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Narodni muzej Slovenije

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Phone: +386 1 24 14 400
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Gorenjski muzej

Tomšičeva 42, SI-4000 Kranj
Phone: +386 4 201 39 50
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays and January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, December 25th.


The nearest airport is the Jože Pučnik Airport, about 14 km from the village of Bašelj. The journey from the airport to the site is most convenient by car.

From the Ljubljana–Jesenice highway, take exit Kranj – vzhod and follow the road towards Jezersko, but only to the village of Tupaliče. The sign for Preddvor will direct you to the left. Follow the road to the village of Bašelj. In Bašelj, turn right and follow the road to the signs for Storžič and Kališče. The road leads you to the small village of Laško, where the asphalt ends. Still climbing, the road brings you to a parking place, where on the left, a cart track leads towards St Lawrence. Follow the macadam road almost to the end and shortly after a sharp left turn you will see on your right a log cabin on the top of the Gradišče above Bašelj hill.

Public transport links:
www.ap-ljubljana.si (indirect bus from Ljubljana – approximately 40 km; look for the direction of Preddvor and from there find a connection to Bašelj)
www.alpetour.si (bus connections from Kranj to Bašelj, approximately 15 km)


Sites containing information regarding accommodation near Preddvor:
www.preddvor-tourism.si (Tourist Information Center Preddvor)
www.slovenia.info (search for Gorenjska region and Preddvor)

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Zavod za varstvo kulturne dediščine Slovenije (ZVKDS)

The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia (IPCHS) is statutorily a defined public service in the field of immovable cultural heritage protection. The connected movable, immaterial and natural heritage also falls under the purview of the institute. In its structure, the institute has two main organizational units, the Cultural Heritage Service with 7 Regional Offices throughout the country and the Conservation Centre, which consists of organizational unit Restoration Centre and of the unit Centre of Preventive Archaeology.

The institute is active in the field of conservation and restoration and employs various specialists: archaeologists, architects, ethnologists, landscape architects, art historians, historians, sculptors, painters, technical and other professionals. The work of the institute is financed by the state budget. The main task of the institute is the preservation and development of Slovene cultural variety, including its natural and cultural environment as a part of the European and World heritage. With incorporating the heritage in contemporary life we wish, apart from all its other roles, to ensure the current and coming generations an insight into life through history.

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The National Museum of Slovenia, which was founded by the Carniolan State Parliament on the 15th of October 1821, is the oldest of all Slovenian museum institutions. Its six departments collect, document, preserve, and investigate the mobile cultural heritage of Slovenia and present it to the public. Thanks to the exceptional educational level of its staff members, the museum also has the status of a research institution, and is involved in several scientific research projects focused on a more detailed study of the Slovenian cultural heritage. The quality of the museum activities in the central national museum depends on the staff and its consultants, with their excellent professional command of their fields and specific areas of specialization. Only through such an approach is it possible to present the cultural heritage of Slovenia to the public in a modern, attractive, and popular manner. The museum wishes to illuminate in detail through the presentation of material (in the form of scientific and popular publications and exhibitions) individual segments of the history of present-day Slovenia and make this available to the widest possible public. With the digitalization of material and the construction of an electronic database about the cultural heritage that its preserves, the National Museum of Slovenia has joined similar European institutions that are attempting to enable the broadest possible access to items of the cultural heritage through the use of modern information technology.

Written by

Špela Karo, The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia

Translated by: Meta Osredkar


43 Knific, Timotej, ‚Early Medieval Hoards of Iron Items in Slovenia‘, Archaeologia Adriatica, IV, Zadar, 2010, pp. 85–99

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