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Erected in 1484, rebuilt by Gregor Macek in 1718 in baroque manner.
The meeting place before 1484 of Ljubljana's citizens was the open square on the right bank of Cevljarski Bridge. In 1484 the City Hall building was erected at today's location. In front was a market place used only for selling flowers. In 1718 building was refurbished in baroque manner and has stayed that way until today.
Inside is beautiful arcade courtyard with Narcis well (by Francesco Robba). In front of Magistrat is well of three Slovene rivers, from 1751.
It's a "must see", but you can't miss it if you stroll through old centre
Ursulinska cerkev (church), Kongresni trg
Probably the most important baroque building in Ljubljana and my favourite was erected between 1718 and 1728. The architect is not known, but it's clear that he follow Paladin and Borromini's example in Northern Italy. Inside the main altar is quite impressive, thaw it can't compare with the beautiful facade. The staircase in front is work of architect Joze Plecnik. Church is situated in top left corner of Kongresni square, witch it dominates.
This is my favourite sight in Ljubljana. Especially in the morning light the facade of Ursulinska church looks fantastic. The interior is not so interesting.
Franciskanska cerkev (on Presernov square)
Erected between 1646 and 1660 on a small hill above Ljubljanica River. Until city walls were destroyed the church didn't had much importance to the city. With the growth of city, formation of Presernov Square and later with Plecnik's Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) the church become one of more important dominants in Ljubljana. The main altar inside is work of local craftsman Francesca Robba.
The church dominates the main square in Ljubljana. When walking away from City hall towards and over the Triple bridge, Franciskanska church shows it self monumentally.
Neboticnik (Skyscraper), Slovenska 19
The Skyscraper (in Slovene Neboticnik) was designed by Vladimir Subic, erected in 1933. It symbolises the growing and fast developing Ljubljana in period between First and Second World War. When built it was by far the highest building in Ljubljana, sources from that time state, that is was the highest building in Balkan and 9th tallest in Europe. For a small and relatively unimportant Ljubljana in 1933, that was quite an accomplishment. Neboticnik is also one of the first earthquake safe buildings in the world. In center of building is round staircase, on the top coffeehouse.
The Skyscraper has become one of Ljubljana's major sights. The view of Neboticnik is almost as characteristic to Ljubljana as a view of City Hall. One of better things to do in Ljubljana (especially for tourists) is to go to the top of skyscraper to coffeehouse. The best view of Ljubljana is from the top of Skyscraper.
Erected in 1714 on the site where in 13th century gothic church stood. Remain of this first church can be seen in "Mestni muzej" and in "Kriznake" complex. Now-days Domenico Rossi designed church. This was first central baroque church in Ljubljana. Ground plane is designed around 'Greek cross' with two additional side chapels. The main characteristic is corrugated dome. Interior is still baroque.
Krizevniska cerkev is situated in "Krizanke" complex. If you want to see Krizanke, than you should note Krizevniska church as well. Otherwise nothing special, just a very small church.
April 03, 2006 change by giorgio