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The picturesque streets of Ljubljana are full of historic buildings and cultural hotspots, with much of the key architecture designed by famed creator Joze Plecnik. Explore the best of Slovenia‘s capital with our guide to the unmissable sights in town.
The main bridge out of the three that form Ljubljana’s Triple Bridge was built in 1842, with the still visible inscription bearing a dedication to Archduke Franz Karl. The other two smaller bridges were added by Jože Plečnik in 1932. Plečnik removed the metal railing from the main bridge and decorated all three bridges with enormous stone balustrades and lamps. The finished design, the Triple Bridge, is now the main connecting bridge between the old medieval part of Ljubljana and the newer part of the city center.
In Mestni Square, by the Town Hall, stands the beautiful Robba Fountain. Also known as the Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers, it was created by the Italian sculptor Francesco Robba in 1751. In the fountain, statues of gods represent the three Carniolan Rivers (Ljubljanica, Sava, and Krka). The original fountain, made of marble and limestone, has been moved to the National Gallery to avoid future deterioration – a replica of the Baroque fountain is now displayed in the square.
Built between 1954 and 1959, Slovenia’s parliament building is a modernist palace housing the National Assembly (lower house) and the National Council (upper house). Designed by Vinko Glanz, the building’s most significant exterior section is a two-storey main portal bearing an allegory of the working people. Inside, the building is decorated with works of selected Slovenian artists, among which the large painting in the entrance hall by Slavko Pengov, portraying the history of Slovenians, is the best-known.
Šubičeva ulica 4, Ljubljana, Slovenia, +386 1 478 94 00
Plečnik House is a museum dedicated to Slovenia’s most famous architect, Jože Plečnik. The museum is located in the property where Plečnik lived when he returned to Ljubljana after residing abroad, and comprises two adjoining houses, a garden, and a workshop. Visitors can walk through the rooms decorated with the original furniture, clothing, books, and drawing tools, that were once owned by the architect. Plečnik’s original sketches are also displayed in the exhibition. Visitors can admire plans for some of his most famous structures, and also for projects that were never realized.
Karunova ulica 4, Ljubljana, Slovenia, +386 1 241 25 06