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The Bag people

Did you know about the legend of the brave shepherd boy Jakob who tricked the evil dragon from Postojna Cave? This is the story how the people of Postojna got their nick name as the “Bag-makers"

An old legend tells of a notorious dragon that once lived in the Postojna Cave and how everyone around this mini region lived in fear of him. Well, the local people called on a clever shepherd boy called Jakob to help them. 

He tricked the dragon into devouring a baby cow sneakily filled with quicklime. This chemical made the dragon very thirsty and he drank so much after his free meal that he exploded! 

In gratitude for Jakob’s courage the locals erected a statue of him at the entrance to his village of Smihel pod Nanosom, ( St Michel before Nanos) and they sewed him a leather bag from the remnants of the dragon's skin. Since that day the people of Postojna have been known as the "bag-makers".

You can this 3 metre high statue just before the entrance to the pretty little village of Šmihel pod Nanosom

And this village is also a fantastic place to walk up to Nanos’s highest point, Suhi Vrh, (1,313m) or into the forest to Predjama castle!

Jakob the Shepherd Boy and the Dragon from Postojna Cave, illustration: Polona Pačnik
Jakob the Shepherd Boy and the Dragon from Postojna Cave, illustration: Polona Pačnik
Statue of the Postojna Cave Dragon and Jakob the Shepherd Boy. Photo: Ivan Majc
Statue of the Postojna Cave Dragon and Jakob the Shepherd Boy. Photo: Ivan Majc