No, I didn't like this building, contrasting with the sober beauty of its neighbours. I thought that it was a modern church of one of those new religions, but I was wrong - it is a research institute, named Anton Melik Geographical Institute.
A respectful purpose, but why the "aggression" the the area?
Krizanke quarter is very nice dominated by the university complex and national library. A very interesting building included in the university complex is the Upper-Secondary School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Technical Gymnasium.
In the 13th century there was a Monastery of the Order of Teutonic Knights at Križanke, seriously damaged by the earthquake of 1511. Rebuilt a few decades later it continued to serve as a monastery until 1945, when the complex was nationalised. In 1956 the architect Jože Pleènik transformed the monastery into a festival space for Ljubljana Festival, still in use.
Very athmospheric place for the theathre as it used to be the yard of Church of Our Lady of Mercy. And here again we come to the famous Joze Plecnik who created this place. It was the last project he did before he passed away. His bust was placed at the Reception Hall.
The yard can seat up to about 3000 people
The Križanke is a former monastery complex that was completed in 1714 after the site was used by the Teutonic Knights of the Cross from the early 13th century. Today, the site is used to stage summer festivals but you can enter into the courtyard and view the nice buildings and portals.
This place is not really exciting and a little off the more frequented part of the city center, yet there are a few things to be noticed. First, the Illirija Column which was dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte when Ljubljana was the capital of his Illyrian province in the early 19th century. Then, there is the City Museum at the eastern part of the square, housed in a former palace. I did not visit this place, so I can't tell you about how it is. Finally, I heard that in summer festivals take place on the square. I was there in early spring, so I can't tell you about that either... sorry!
There formerly was a cloister of the Crusaders that was built in the 13th century. Since the architect Jože Plečnik has rebuild this complex 1951-1956, it’s a Summer Theatre which is used for the yearly Summer Festival with performances and concerts.
The most prominent building on French Revolution square is the Krizanke, a former monastery from the 18th century. It hosts the headquarters of the the Ljubljana festival nowadays and lots the events take place here.
In the centre of the square stands the Ilirija Column in remembrance of the time when Slovenia was under Napoleonic rule.
At the Eastern end of the square is the City Museum, situated in an old palace. It's been newly renovated and there isn't much to see yet, except for a part of the old Roman road from the 1st century AD and the "Mayor's Room", with the town's insignia on display.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm and the admission is free.
It is the square near Krizanke. In 1809 Austria was defeated by Napoleon at Wagram. On the territories that were once Austrian access to Adriatic, populated mostly by Slavic peoples, (Carniola, Carinthia, parts of Croatia, Dalmatia, Dubrovnik, Trieste, Gorica) Illyrian provinces were organized. General-governor was French Marshall Marmont. Seat of the Illyrian provinces was in Ljubljana.
Although short lived, Illyirian provinces provided circumstances for strong rise of national (and nationalistic) feelings for Slovenians and they represent an important chapter of Slovenian history. In 1929 monument to Illyria was raised, where retreating French soldier was killed in 1813. On the monument there is Napoleon's head and verses of poem Ilirija ozivljena (Revived Illyria), written by Valentin Vodnik, first Slovenian poet, at the time of Illyrian provinces.
Krizanke used to be cloister built during 18th century. Today it is mostly used as concert place. Yard can host up to 3000 spectators.
Krizanke got its name after German order of the Knights of the Cross - crusaders - krizarji in Slovenian language. They used to live here in 13th century.
See the Krizanke summer theatre renovated by our greatest architect Plecnik. Whether you catch a concert (say at Druga godba, the annual folk music festival taking place in early June) or find a deserted spot for meditation, seize it!
Full of details like the one on the photo.
It used to be a monastery from the 13th century. In the 1950's, it was altered by Plecnik, after which it became a cultural center.