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Žiga Zois, patron who helped shape Slovenian national identity

Ljubljana, 27 November - Žiga Zois (1747-1819) is hailed as one of the greatest contributors to Slovenian culture. The richest man in Carniola was a generous patron to a group of Renaissance men who left an indelible mark on Slovenian culture and produced works that started shaping the nation's identity.

Ljubljana
A picture of Žiga Zois, a patron of Slovenian arts, science and culture, at the Natural History Museum.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
The bust of Žiga Zois, a patron of Slovenian arts, science and culture, at the Natural History Museum.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana
Zoisit, the mineral named after Žiga Zois, the original owner of the collection at the Natural History Museum.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

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