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The tomb of Fran Jurca's family. Photo: Boštjan Martinjak
The tomb of Fran Jurca's family. Photo: Boštjan Martinjak

The tomb of Fran Jurca's family

Apart from the Church of St. Lazarus, Fran Jurca's tomb is certainly the town cemetery’s most noticeable structure, indicating that it was built by an influential Postojna-based family. The sacred tomb structure was commissioned in the early 20th century by Fran Jurca (1845-1926), a local landowner and prominent wood merchant, who lived in a villa in the town centre (Villa Jurca, which now houses a court) and whose steam-powered sawmill below the railway station initiated the beginnings of the timber industry in the area of Postojna. The mausoleum stands out with both its neoclassical exterior architecture and its interior, rounded off with a ceiling painting featuring Virgin Mary with a dead Jesus by Maksim Gaspari, and a sculpture of a mother and her child by Svitoslav Peruzzi. The full-body figures made of marble are life-size and depict the landowner's wife, Fani, and their son. After World War II, the Jurca family was expropriated and the family tomb was left to deteriorate up until 2006, when the Municipality of Postojna, based on an initiative by art historians and descendants of the Jurca family, decided to restore the tomb. The restoration project, carried out under the watchful eye of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, was completed in 2016.

The tomb, and its two artistic depictions, is one of the few things in Postojna related to the influential family from the turn of the century that has been preserved up until the present day.
Tip: If you would like to see the tomb’s interior, ask at the TIC.

Maksim Gaspari (1883-1980), Slovenian painter, illustrator and restorer, who was born in Selšček near Cerknica. His works mainly feature folk customs and landscapes, as well as portraits.

Svitoslav Peruzzi (1881-1936), Slovenian sculptor, born in Lipe on the Ljubljana Marshes, became famous for his grave-related and decorative plastic arts.

The tomb of Fran Jurca's family. Photo: Boštjan Martinjak
A ceiling painting by Gaspari in Fran Jurca's tomb. Photo: Boštjan Martinjak
Photo: Boštjan Martinjak

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