Savin's House

  Šlandrov trg 25      +386 (0)3 710 04 34     more than a year ago

The birth house of Risto Savin (1859-1948) is the cultural (and geographical) heart of Žalec and the most logical starting point for any visit to the town. Savin, who was actually born as Friderik Širca, was both a decorated officer in the Austro-Hungarian military and an accomplished composer. Although he took an active interest in music at an early age, he joined the army after finishing school. During his long military career he was stationed in various cities throughout the empire (Vienna, Sarajevo, Prague), where he received an informal education in the great musical movements of the day, and from time to time even performed in public, either on the piano or as a singer. Following WWI, he retired with the rank of major general, and returned home to Žalec to pursue music full time (and marry a much younger woman!).

On the first floor of the house there is a exhibition of items that belonged to Savin spreading across several rooms, furniture, photographs, artwork, military decorations, music sheets and other memorabilia. Several other rooms on the same floor house the city's permanent collection of 19th and 20th century paintings. On the ground floor you will find the tourist information office, packed with information about Žalec and the other five municipalities of the Spodnja Savinjska region. During the summer the courtyard behind the building plays host to frequent concerts and other events in the evenings.



Oct-Mar Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-12:00, Sun Closed
Apr, May Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat, Sun 09:00-12:00
Jun, July, Avg, Sep Mon-Sat 09:00-12:00, 14:00-21:00, Sun 09:00-12:00
For groups by prior arrangement.


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