Visoko pri Poljanah, 4220 Škofja Loka
On the terrace above the left bank of the Poljanska Sora, which is surrounded by the Škofja Loka Hills with the commanding presence of the Church of St. Volbenk, stand two large country manors. The larger and mightier of the two is the Kalan country manor. In the beginning of the 20th century it became known as the Tavčar country manor, as the estate was bought by the writer and politician Ivan Tavčar (Poljane na Škofjo Loko, 28th August 1851 - Ljubljana, 19th February1923). Closer to the bridge stands the slightly more modest Debeljak country manor, which has preserved its original residential and economic purpose.
Kalan House is a country manor of the central Slovenian or Cerklje type with the façade designed in the Baroque manner. Its development as a building can be followed from the middle of the 17th century on. The manor reached the peak of its development in the 18th century. The mass of the residential structure is supplemented with a parallel positioned and similarly extensive outbuilding, which together with the double hayrack - toplar - and the manor finishes off the whole with a certain ambience and is the culmination of farm construction in the 18th century. Tavčar preserved some of the furniture of the Kalan family, which was later given a place in the museum in Škofja Loka. The forged chest was a part of the inspiration for his Visoko Chronicles (Visoška Kronika). The writer adapted the estate according to his needs. He also set up one of the first tennis courts in our territory and at the edge of the forest he put a chapel with the family tomb, where he is buried with this relatives.
The bronze writer sits behind the manor under a group of trees looking towards his birthplace Poljane. The statue was made by Jakob Savinšek in 1957. The interior of the castle is still not arranged and accessible, due to problems regarding ownership and because a suitable tenant has not been found.
Tourist Board Škofja Loka
Kidričeva cesta 1a
Tel. : ++386 04 517 06 00
Web site : www.skofja-loka.com
Free of charge
Access for invalids
GPS Northing (N) : 46,1272
GPS Easting (E) : 14,2077