Vurnik House, or the Cooperative Business Bank building, is possibly the most colorful building in Ljubljana. The structure was finished in 1922 and is the product of architect Ivan Vurnik’s quest to find a distinctive Slovenian architectural style. The exterior of the building was originally painted by Vurnik’s wife, Helena, who incorporated the Slovenian tricolor with motifs of carnations and Slovenian landscapes into the house’s facade.
Though parliament structures are commonly old historic buildings, Slovenian parliament is an exception to the rule. The modern parliament building was built in 1959 and was designed by architect Vinko Glanz. This rectangular building is modeled after the buildings of classical antiquity and traces of realism are incorporated into the design. The magnificent two-story entrance portal of the building portrays an allegory of the working people and is a result of a collaboration between sculptors Zdenko Kalin and Karel Putrih.
Most castles in Slovenia are located on a hill, and Ljubljana Castle is no exception. Historical evidence shows that Ljubljana Castle was first built in the twelfth century as a wooden and stone structure. Throughout history, several buildings were added to the castle and created the structure we know today. Stunning views of Ljubljana and its surroundings from the viewing tower, and the fascinating history of the building are reasons why Ljubljana Castle is Ljubljana’s main attraction.