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Schweiger House is more famous because of its small story behind it than for its baroque / rococo architecture. The house is from the 17th with its facade dating from the 18th century. Above the large portal, you will find a figure of the acient greek god Atlas supporting the balcony. He has the finger over his lips as a symbol of the house owner (Schweiger means "the silent one" in German).
Although the house is number 13, it has no number on it. So here comes the legend in: Once upon a time, bordellos were traditionally located in houses number 13 in the old town. But as Mr. Schweiger did not maintain one and was not interested in getting in conacts with "clients", he ordered to construct the figure of Atlas. So the figure has not only its symbolic character, but also tells people to be silent - as a kind of hint that there is no bordello in the house. Can anyone confirm this legend?
This is actually the copy of the renaissance fountain dated back to the 17th century.
This beautiful fauntain is located in Levstikov trg (square) in front of Stiski dvorec (mansion) in the old part of the town - you can't miss it.
An interesting gate into Ljubljana from the east side. The building is situated close to the old part of Ljubljana. It can be a start point to explore the old part of the city, with many interesting buildings, countless bars, restaurants, shops...
walk and enjoy
What I enjoyed most was walking around in the old town. I liked the colors, the smells, people and food. You can visit whatever you want but take your time for just walking and experiencing the "normal-life" of Ljubljana. I found something relaxing and happy in it.
The most beautiful part of Ljubljana is the Old Town (Stari grad). It's built on the banks of the Ljubljanica River.
There are a lot of beautiful old houses, great little shops, galleries, cafés...There's also the City Hall with the mayor's office nearby.
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The old town
The old town of Ljubljana is lovely, next to the river Ljubljanica, with lots of old baroque houses, winding streets and street cafés. It’s mostly pedestrian area and nice to stroll around. Also you can reach the castle from the old town, there are some paths that lead you up the hill.
What I enjoyed most in Ljubljana (apart from the company and the beautiful art nouveau buildings everywhere) were the empty streets of the old town. Walking around the streets full of colourful old houses and quietness was wonderful.
The Schweiger house is one of the most noticeable examples of secular architecture in Ljubljana, the core of the house dates back to the mid 17th century, while most of the house as you see it today, was constructed approx. 100 years later, by the famous architect Candido Zuliani.
If you look at the front of this three-storeyed building, you will find that it is in the Baroque style, as well as being asymmetrical, which was a quite uncommon thing at that time. The front also features a magnificent rustic portal just outside the central axis, with an Atlas-shaped console supporting the balcony right above it.
If you look closely at the Atlas-shaped console, you will see that Atlas is holding his finger to his mouth, in the sign of silence, symbolising the surname of the first owner after the new front was built: Schweiger -- the silent one.
This piece of architecture is estimated to be one of the most beautiful in Ljubljana.
Old Town, which is the right bank of the Ljubljanica River underneath the castle, is a great place to walk. It is the only part of town to survive the earthquake of 1895 intact. There are many buildings here dating back to the 16th and 17th century.
Mestni, Stari and Gornji trg
Mestni, Stari and Gornji trg are street or squares in Old Town Ljubljana beginning in the Town Hall and ending besides the castle. In the Old Town you will find numerous cafés and restaurants hiding picturesque shops with their chairs and umbrellas. I suggest you to walk down Trubarjeva cesta, Mestni trg and Stari trg: they are situated in the center, parallel to the river, and relax afer walk by the city.
Beautifull Down Town
Well, Ljubljana is very, very special.While you walk around the old town you are just surprised how much beauty is in it.Market place is one of the best,natural and ecological food also availible,lots of flowers and people from all over Slovenia.Many nice gallerys,restaurants and bars.My self I go to Mini Mal.Special place and coffe with ginger.Nice walk to the castel and also to Tivoli Park and proside further to Roýnik.Home of our national writter Ivan Cankar.
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Well at least I think this is Gornji trg! It looks like the road which leads from Stari trg to the hilltop castle. Although Ljubljana's old town is fairly small, you can do a lot of walking in this city...one of the best walks is to follow this road to the end, then climb upwards to the castle where there are some great views over the whole city.
Mestni trg to Stari trg
I have no idea what this long narrow street is called, but it is one of the nicest streets in the old town, multi-coloured houses lining the street, the ground floors given over to street cafes and expensive clothing shops.
Stara Ljubljana (Old Ljubljana)
Old Ljubljana is the oldest part of Ljubljana, for those of you, who didn't guess it... :-P It all starts on Gornji trg (Upper Square, take a map!), where the oldest building are, and then moves around the castle hill through Stari trg (Old Square) and ends on Mestni trg (City Square). The squares are more like streets, narrow streets actually, and represetnt different architectural styles - it all depends on when they were build, obviously. The outdoor cafes that are set up in summers are lovely as well. On Mestni trg, there are two thingies that deserve special mentioning. The first is the TOWN HALL, the only building that isn't in the same line as the others, the second the ROBBA FOUNTAIN next to it, which was made by Robba (Duh!) and dates back from the 18 century, I think. (I am deliberately not checking any books for the information, because that would mean pure copyright violation. Forgive me.)
Parallel to the three squares, next to Ljubljanica River, there is a whole bunch of outdoor cafes from spring until autumn, and perhaps it's worth spending a few afternoon hours strolling around. Another option is the small Cajna, a teahouse, which is excellent but always full... You can give it a try, since they also serve some snacks and cakes...
Church of St. James
Church of St. James
This is another brightly coloured church - this time yellow. We did not go inside but it is a beautiful building. If you are in the old town, on your way up to the castle (where you can get a good view of it as well as most things in Ljubljana) you should spot it.
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