Cobbler's Bridge, Ljubljana
Stopping in this bridge in a walking tour of the city I heard the guide explaining a long story about the bridge, including the use of the columns to expose or to hang people in the antiquity.
The bridge was built in 1931, according to Plecnik plans, to replace an iron brige built in 1867 to replace a wooden bridge that replaced...
Maybe in the 14th century, when the first bridge was built... if it had columns... if...
The Cobbler Bridge is a medieval bridge which has got its name after the cobblers living and working on the bridge to avoid paying taxes for the shoes they sold to people crossing the river.
This bridge, designed by renowned Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, is an excellent place to take in the ambiance of Ljubljana. The clean lines and straight columns of the bridge set off the river and old town quite well. It is certainly a great place for photographers or people watchers to set up shop.
Cevljarski Most (cobbler's bridge) during the Middle Ages was a place of commerce and one of the streets of access to the town. On the bridge 16 cobblers worked and lived for taking advantage of the transit of the people and not to pay the town taxes because the bridge was considered tax free zone. The nowday bridge was made by Plecnik at the beginning of 20th century.
A cobbler is a shoemaker so I was expecting to see shoes somehow incorporated into the bridge but alas there was nothing of the sort. It's named the Cobbler's Bridge because of the local cobblers who set up there booths on this bridge, having replaced the butchers who were paid to relocate because of the stench.
This bridge, like the Triple Bridge, was also designed by Plecnik, built in 1932. A bridge of some sort had been in this location since the 13th century, I read that before Plecnik got his hands on it, the bridge resembled the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, roofed and lined with shops. I think that might have been preferable, there isn't anything special about Plecnik's renovation.
Cobbler Bridge is one of the main bridges over the Ljubljanica River in the city centre. The bridge was built by architect Jože Pleènik between 1931 and 1932 and was formerly occupied by a covered wooden bridge which connected the two main parts of medieval Ljubljana, namely the Mestni trg (Town Square) and Novi trg (New Square). The bridge provided space for cobblers' workshops, after whom it was named. Its main attraction was the statue of Christ at its south end, which now stands in the Church of St. Florian.
This bridge was once a tax loophole when a law stated that craftsmen having their business over water do not have to pay taxes... Originally, the butchers were situated on the bridge but the smell was horrible and the emperor paid the butchers to leave. The shoemaker's who moved in instead, weren't that smelly... There are different variations of this stories, but it seems to be true in its core.
The present cobbler's bridge was designed by......... Joze Plecnik, whoelse? It was erected in 193. Today, you won't find any shoemakers, but sometimes a flea market or street vendors.
This bridge takes its name from the cobbler's who used to work and live on the bridge in the middle ages.
As the bridge was outside the town boundaries, the cobbler's avoided paying any town taxes, yet they were in a good location at one of the entrances to the town to ensure a regular amount of business.
Sustarski most (Cobbler's Beidge) is also known as Cevljarski most, what means pretty much the same in the Slovenian speech. It is a part of the main pedestrian area of the city and connects the old core of the town with Hribarovo nabrezje and huge central city square known as Kongresni trg.
Cobbler's Bridge, also known as Shoemaker's Bridge or by its Slovenijan name, Cevljarski Most, was built by Joze Plecnik in 1931. It is the latest of many bridges that have been built in its spot.
The old bridges that stood before it were actually a tax loophole. According to the laws of the 17th century, craftsmen were able to trade freely if they set up shop over water, so many took advantage of the bridge. A story about the name of the bridge is that it was originally used by butchers, but the smell was so bad that they were paid to leave and shoemakers took their place.
The shoemakers bridge is another important Plecnick design in Ljubljana. More than a bridge it is a square. The name of the Shoemakers bridge has a funny story behind it. It started out as a wooden bridge with butchers' booths on it, but the stench was so awful that the Emperor paid to have them removed to another place. The ones who took over the booths afterwards were shoemakers, giving the bridge its present name. Reconstructions of the Shoemakers bridge were quite frequent, provoked by fires or floods, so in 1867 an iron bridge was built. The iron bridge was moved in 1931 further down the river where it is still in use, replaced by a stone bridge designed by Plecnik.
Cevljarski most (Shoemaker Bridge) used to be where cobblers mended shoes...if they worked on a bridge, they did not have to pay taxes for some reason! Nowadays, you should cross the bridge to see the old houses alongside the river...another view which would be great if only the sun would come out!
This bridge usually has street sellers on it, or entertainers during the evening. While we we there it was closed off for one night as fireworks were being launched from it. It's a shame I did not have my camera with me then, or I could have got a better photograph than this dull, rainy one!
Cevljarski most, or Cobbler's Bridge, is another of Joze Plecknik's contribution to the city and is like the other river bridges very attractive but also unique.