Kongresni square, Ljubljana
Congress Square has a little park in the centre and has some prominent buildings surrounding it:
The main building was Ljubljana University, which was erected in 1902 as a ducal palace, the Philarhomic Hall which was founded as early as 1701 and the Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity from 1726 (being renovated at the moment).
This square, created in the Baroque style, was named after the second Congress of Holy Alliance, which took place in Ljubljana in 1821. During the congress, Ljubljana hosted all important political personalities and leaders of the time who discussed the future of Europe, from Austrian Emperor Franz I. and Sicilian king Ferdinand to Metternich and Russian tsar Alexander I.
The south end of the square is dominated by the building of the University of Ljubljana.
Kongresni trg, or Congress Square, is a popular park that was laid out in 1821 for the Congress of the Holy Alliance. Some important buildings lining the square are the Slovene Philharmonic (one of the oldest in Europe), the Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity (1726), and the headquarters of Ljubljana University. The park is also called Zvezda (star).
Our main SLOVENE PHILHARMONIC is located right in the centre of Ljubljana, on Kongresni trg. Kongresni trg (square) has a parking lot (I never get an empty spot during pick hours, by the way) where most of the turistic buses stop, so you can not miss the philharmonic.
Kongresni trg (squere) is located close to the old part of the town. Part of it is the park - named Zvezda (Star) part of it is a parking place as you can see in my photo. Konresni trg is surrounded by beautiful old buildings and another great church - Ursuline Church of Holy Trinity.
You can see it in the photo below.
Named after the congress of the Holy Alliance, which was held in Ljubljana in 1821, Kongresni trg is a lively green square,
where thousands of people pass every day. It is also the starting point of many Slovenian protest marches, in case anyone's interested. The points of interest around the square include:
- the SEAT OF THE UNIVERSITY (the dark building to the south), which was once (in times of Austrian rule) the seat of the Carniolan parliament, and hosted the Law Faculty for many years after Ww2, until it moved to a new building next to the Dragon Bridge a few years ago.
- the SLOVENIAN PHILHARMONIC building is a nicely renovated 'home' of Slovenia's finest musicians, and impressed the Americans so much, when pres. Clinton visited Slovenia in 1999, that they chose it as their base and Clinton addressed the Slovenian nation at the square right in front of the building.
- directly opposite, on the other end of the square is the URSULINE CHURCH. Oddly enough, the square was once the gardens of the Ursuline monastery, until the wise minds decided it should be rebuilt to honour the kings and tzars of Europe during the congress of the Holy Alliance.
- there are a few statues in the square, perhaps the most interesting being the (copy of) the statue of a Roman, found during the constructions of the Kazina building (the one to the north, diagonally opposite the University building).