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The monument to France Preseren is in the Preserenov Trg in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Born in Vrba, near Bled in 1800, he was to become Slovenia’s most loved poet. He studied law but did not have his own practice until shortly before his death in 1849. Although only publishing one book of poems, much more was published in literary magazines in both German and Slovene.
The love of his life, Julija Primic, rejected his advances which drove him to attempt suicide on two occasions. He had a relationship with another woman and fathered three children, two of whom died and the third was fostered. He turned to drink and died from cirrhosis of the liver.
One of his poems was later to become the national anthem of Slovenia and he is regarded as Slovenia’s national poet.
A sculpture of Julija Primic looking out a window has been placed on a building directly in view of the statue of Preseren.
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