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The history of Ljubljana is best shown through the city’s streets. The buildings from different time periods and architectural styles tell stories of those who lived in Ljubljana in the past. Buildings across the city complement each other and create Ljubljana’s stunning architecture.
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.
Nebotičnik is one of the architectural icons of Ljubljana. When built in 1931, Nebotičnik was the highest building in Yugoslavia and the seventh tallest building in Europe. Reaching seventy meters in the sky, the building was designed to house shops, restaurants, and residential apartments. The modern amenities of the time such as fast lifts, air-conditioning, and central heating, made Nebotičnik, designed by Vladimir Šubic, a symbol of the progressive city of Ljubljana. The café and restaurant on the top of Nebotičnik offer stunning views reaching all the way to the Alps on a clear day.