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Born on the 26th of August at 7 PM at the address Mesto 82 in Kranj to Josef Pucher (a stonecutter, reputable citizen and landowner) and Maria (nee Lebar).

Puhar's predecessors had been living in Kranj since at least 1640. Their family name is spelled Puhar in the central register, not Pucher. He was entered in the birth record as Johann Pucher, and in the diocesan decree as Joannes Puhar. His mother and grandmother were of Slovenian descent.

The Puhar line continued only with the female members of the family. Matija, his brother, became a clergyman, his sister Francka died young and his other sister Johana did not have any children. Only his sister Terezija continued the line; she had a son who became a lawyer - Julij Polec (1852 - 1914).

The house with an inbuilt memorial plaque is Puhar's home. It stood on the corner of what is today the streets of Reginčeva ulica and Tomšičeva ulica. It was demolished soon after World War II and today the site is empty. In 1975, the FKK Janez Puhar photo club added a memorial plaque on the neighbouring house. The birth record entry.


He attended the elementary school in Kranj and after finishing third grade he entered the grammar school in Ljubljana. He was extremely gifted and spoke several languages including French, German, English and Italian. He enjoyed botanical science, painting and especially mathematics, physics and chemistry in the higher grades. He also had a special talent for music and played numerous instruments and later even began constructing his own. Astronomy was another of his interests. In eighth grade he was passionately engaged in physics and chemistry and his professor, Janez Kersnik, would often allow him to experiment in his cabinet.

After finishing grammar school, he wanted to dedicate his life to fine arts, but then decided to respect his mother's wish and entered the seminary.

Janez Puhar, Portrait of the Father and Sisters Francka and Terezija, coloured drawing, private property


He was ordained into priesthood on the 31st of March 1838. Within that same year, he began his priestly service in the countryside. He was a "subsidiary" (a church assistant) in Leskovec pri Krškem until May of the same year.


He worked as curate in Svibno until September of that same year.

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