Written poem “Zdravljica” holds European Heritage Label
The European Heritage Label is awarded to sites that have played a significant role in the history and culture of Europe or the building of the European Union.
European Heritage sites are milestones in the creation of today’s Europe. Spanning from the dawn of civilisation to the Europe we see today, these sites celebrate and symbolise European ideals, values, history and integration.
Since 2013, these sites have been selected for their symbolic value, the role they have played in European history and activities they offer. These sites bring the European Union and its citizens closer together.
In 2020, the European Commission awarded the European Heritage Label to the poem Zdravljica, written in 1844 by the Slovenian poet France Prešeren. National and University Library, which holds the most important manuscript versions of Zdravljica and all printed editions, is the seat of the Prešeren Zdravljica memorial site.
In Slovenia, 8 February, Prešeren Day, has been celebrated as the day of culture since 1945, as a national holiday since 1946 and has been a work-free day since 1991.