Škofja Loka is also a town of a thousand stories, one of which tells about a black man (sl. “zamorec”).
The story tells that Abraham, the first landowner in the Škofja Loka area, had a black man as his servant. When Abraham learned Slovenian, he set out to the Poljane Valley to speak to his subjects and serfs, accompanied by the black man.
In those days, the forests of the Poljane valley were home to many bears. The black man knew that, and remembered to bring his bow and arrows.
In the forest, the two men encountered a bear. Prince Abraham froze in terror by the sight of a bear, while his servant, quick on the draw, raised his bow, and shot an arrow straight into the bear’s heart.
The master embraced his saviour and expressed his gratitude: “You saved my life. I shall reward you handsomely, and all of our future kinship shall know of your courage!”
As soon as they returned to the castle, Abraham ordered to paint his saviour’s head in the coat of arms.
Ever since, there is a black man’s head in the Škofja Loka coat of arms …
… and we named our hotel Hotel “Zamorc”.