Cartographic Treasures of Slovenian Territory

September 28th 2021–January 15th 2022


The exhibition will present important historical maps of the Slovenian territory in their chronological order - from the first known independent presentations in the 16th century to the famous Map of the Slovenian Land and Provinces (Zemljovid slovenskih dežel in pokrajin) by Peter Kozler in 1853, kept by the Department of Library Collections of the National and University Library. 

The territory of today's Slovenia was already shown by the oldest European maps, but more detailed cartographic representations of our territory date back to the 16th century. Due to the then marginal location of today's Slovenian territory, and consequently its invisibility, the area was at first shown rather inaccurately. This attitude changed in the 17th and 18th century, when native and foreign researchers living on the Slovenian area measured and presented different parts of Slovenian lands. Due to national revival of the second half of the 19th century, the first maps of the Slovenian ethnic territory were made.Today, historical cartographic representations are crucial for understanding and knowing the former landscapes and the social and political conditions of time in which they were created.

The exhibition aims to highlight the importance of cartographic cultural heritage or maps as the crossroads of art, science and technology, and the mirror of military, political, economic, cultural, religious and social patterns. At the same time, the authors of the exhibition would like to pay tribute to the exceptional work of cartographers: after years of measurements and observations, they have shaped "epics" about human commitment while facing natural obstacles, overcoming  cultural prejudices and searching one's own identity.

The exhibition resulted from cooperation between the Anton Melik Geographical Institute of Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) - its Geographical Museum, and the National and University Library.

dr. Renata Šolar (NUK), dr. Primož Gašperič and dr. Matija Zorn (both GIAM ZRC SAZU)
 NUK Exhibition Room

Monday - Saturday med 10.00 in 18.00


Cartographic Treasures Of Slovenian Territory the book

The book presents a wealth of historical cartographic representations of Slovenian territory. The authors of the exhibition wrote on the history of European cartography up to the end of the nineteenth century, presenting the maps of the Slovenian territory up to the early twentieth century and maps as cultural heritage. The book also features important historical maps of the Slovenian territory presented in chronological order.

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