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    Adam Bohoric bust

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Mar 22, 2015

    I did not know who he was, but anyway I took a picture of the statue and then at home I checked wikipedia and learnt that Adam Bohorič was a Slovene Protestant preacher, teacher and author of the first grammar of Slovene.

    So you always learnt things when travelling.

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    Rudolf Cvetko and the First World War

    by halikowski Updated Nov 20, 2014

    http://www.nms.si/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1524%3Afronte-se-zaenjajo-prebujati-rudolf-cvetko-in-prva-svetovna-vojna&catid=34%3Aobasne-razstave&Itemid=52&lang=en

    Open till February 8 2015. The exhibition was short (25 mins.), free, and full of artefacts that Cvetko would have had with him, photos, and excerpts from his diary. The war was plotted on to his life biography, even though he was convalescing away from the front for much of it.

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    The Cathedral of St Nicholas

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

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    The Cathedral of St Nicholas is next to Ljubljana's central market. It is a beautiful building. It has very impressive doors with 3-d depictions of religious scenes on them. These were added to the cathedral in 1996 when the pope visited it. The current cathedral has a baroque interior with wonderful paintings. This cathedral dates from the early eighteenth century and occupies the site of an earlier gothic church. I thought the cathedral was very beautiful and peaceful and well worth a visit.

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    Napoleon Column

    by egonwegh Updated Aug 19, 2014

    Elsewhere, I have placed a description of what I call the Napoleon Trail (see for example my pages on Paris, the Pyramids at Gizeh (2000), Waterloo (2003), Elba (2007) the Pyramid of Austerlitz in the Netherlands (2012)...).Much to our surprise we found this interesting spur trail in the town of Ljubljana. We came across a column - the Illirija Column - erected in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte on Trg Francoske Revolucije, the Square of the French Revolution.

    To quote a website on this subject, "[Napoleon] is still a bit of a hero in these parts; he made Ljubljana the capital of his Illyrian provinces, and allowed the Slovene language to be taught in schools"

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    Grand Hotel

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    The Grand Hotel Union is a four-star hotel near the center of the city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

    Built about a block from the city's central Prešeren Square between 1903 and 1905, it is notable for having been Ljubljana's first modern hotel, as well as - for a few years after its construction - the city's largest building.

    Designed by the architect Josip Vancaš, it is a good example of the Vienna Secession style, with the long facade and complex iron roof structure considered a technical achievement.

    If you decide to do more than to look, you may... use it. It is still working, and for about 250 €...

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    Boat tours

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    The views to the river are very beautiful. Form the river... we don't know, because we skipped the boat ride.
    However, if we knew what i know now, maybe we should have tried - the tourist office provides FREE boat rides. Why not then?

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    Free walking tours

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    I decided to join one of the advertised "free walking tours" starting in front of Franciscan church. Well, it is a somewhat long experience in a short area, with many larges stops to explain some arguable details. It was only two hours and I didn't stay until the end - a polite excuse, a discreet tip sliding to the guides hand, and I moved away, in my quicker rhythm.
    A few things, however, I kept from that visit:
    The story of Julia Primic, the description of St Nicholas church, the confirmation that Ljubljana is so easy to visit that we may easily do it by ourselves and that I didn't miss any of the city's highlights.

    However, for someone without a book guide and any preparation these tours are a very good way to start the visit.

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    Julia Primic

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

    The protagonist of Ljubljana's love story is Preseren, the poet represented in the statue in the central square of Presernov. His love, Julia Primic was the daughter of a rich merchant, so, for many years, he was inspired in his poems by their impossible love. Recently, Tone Demsar decided to celebrate this forbidden love conceiving her bust in a window looking in the direction of his statue. It may be seen in Wolfova street, but, without warning, you risk to miss it.

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    Ribji trg

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

    Linked to Kongressini Trg by a wooden footbridge plenty of flowers, the fish square has the oldest house in Ljubljana. A small nice fountain with statue was hidden by the esplanades of two restaurants occupying most of the square.

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    St Florian church

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    St. Florian church was built after the great fire of 1660 that destroyed Gornji and Stari squares and it burned down in another fire of 1774. The actual look, after many restorations, was given by Pleènik 1934. He also transformed the surroundings, and was responsible for the placement of Robba's John Nepomuk statue in front of the church. Inside there are Baroque frescoes and sculptures.

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    Butchers bridge

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

    Planned by Plecnik and never built because of WW2, this footbridge was finally constructed in 2009 with a new project. Its oddest detail, besides a few modern sculptures, is the presence of hundreds of padlocks in its steel wired fences. It seems to be a new tradition, with the padlocks meaning the eternal love of those who leave them.

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    St Nicolas cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    Saint Nicholas Cathedral is the main church in Ljubljana, located near Ljubljana Central Market.
    Several churches occupied the space and were destoyed until 1701 when the Jesuit architect Andrea Pozzo started designing a new Baroque church with the common shape of a Latin cross. The dome was built in 1841, and the interior was decorated with Baroque frescos by Giulio Quaglio 1721-1723

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    Ljubljana Free Walking Tour

    by Ines_ Written Sep 12, 2012

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    Ljubljana free tour was one of the best that I did. The guides are from Slovenia and they know pretty much everything there is to know about the city. The tour takes 2/3 hours and you’ll hear about the Slovenia and Ljubljana’s history, architecture and the most important symbols and must see of the city. The tour covers pretty much the whole city with the exception of the castle because it is a steep and “long” walk.

    The guides work for tips and if you think the trip was worth it you can give them whatever you want. They work every day and in summer they have two tours: one at 11 am and the other at 3 pm.

    After the tour the guide will stay there to answer all the questions you may have. I think it’s a great way to discover and learn things that you wouldn’t otherwise.

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    Delight in gorgeous Art Deco detail

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    Art Deco is big in Ljubljana, which is one of the many reasons that I love the place!

    I am no architectural fundi, but one of the aspects that I love most about Art Deco is the exquisite detailing. Looking for these little architectural 'grace notes' as you wander around brings a whole new dimension to your enjoyment of a town, and what's more, it's free!

    Believe it or not, the photo of the gorgeous Art Deco canopy was taken from the McDonalds across the road, providing a good example of how the contemporary and the historic manage to harmoniously coexist in Ljubljana. The lovely street lamp is on the Dragon Bridge.

    By the way, if Art Deco is your thing, I can also highly recommend Riga in Latvia and Budapest in Hungary.

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    The imposing door of St Nicholas's cathedral

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    You don't even need to set foot inside St Nicholas' cathedral to be impressed by the sculpture, as it literally leans out over you from the strikingly modern church door!

    The new door was commissioned to celebrate a papal visit in 1996, and depicts a select band of significant figures from over 1000 years of Slovenian ecclesiastical history. The imposing design in bronze has the heads and shoulders of the six gentlemen in question leaning out over passersby (which must have presented quite a technical challenge, as presumably this protruding weight would need to have been counterbalanced?), and the overall impression is both impressive and intimidating. It certainly conveys a sense that the Church is actively watching over you, and I for one would feel uncomfortable misbehaving within view of these eminent gentlemen!

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