Parliment House, Ljubljana
From an architectural point of view not quite sure whether to admire or to loathe. You'd better go and judge for yourself. The square in front - Republic Square or Trg republike - is a bit of a mess, I'm sorry to say.
Although the parliament building itself isn't very attractive, the entrance is surrounded by a very interesting sculpture which is worth a look at. It consists of lots of naked men and women doing various daily activities.
Still on the left bank of the river but we shall move westwards from Slovenska Cesta, starting from Trg Republike (Republic Sq).
Not the most impressive, despite being the largest, it looks like someone in Ljubljana had dumped LOTS of concrete at 1 place. The scene is not vastly improved by some hideous looking buildings fencing the place - remnants from the postwar communist years and unsurprisingly, currently home to banks.
Turn your head away from the sore sight and gaze at Parliament, a unremarkable box of cement and glass except for 1 saving grace - a portal of rather kinky naked statues depicting everyday Slovenian life. (Which got me puzzled over why aren't the ladies on the streets naked?) The spot is strong in historical significance, for it was here that Slovenia declared its independence.
Folks interested in Roman history need not wander far. Folks already been to Kongresni Trg would see a copy of a gilded bronze statue of a Roman patrician surrounded by the remains of the town walls of the Roman Emona, a Roman town which Ljubljana lies on top today. (Unfortunately, these town walls have become part of an underground passage way, and looked extremely sorry among abandoned stores and graffitis) 2 office blocks across Erjavceva Cesta and behind a primary school, there are more dignified ruins of Emona.
Continue on Erjavceva Cesta and turn in towards Presernova Cesta, where you'll come to both the National Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
Pressing on towards the direction of Tivoli Park and eventually you will hit the National Gallery, a rather impressive Hapsberg-era building connected to a more modern wing by a walkway. I never did make my way in but guidebooks have mentioned a great Slovene collection within awaits the art lover.
And in contrary to my title, if you've realised by now: This area is so far, strangely, Plecnik free!
I have to say the Parliament building (built in 1959) is probably the most forgetful head of state building I've ever seen. I didn't realise that it actually was the parliament building until about 5 minutes after I walked past it and was looking at my map! The only eye-catching feature of it is the large portal made out of bronze which is decorated with Partisan figures, designed by sculptors Zdenko Kalin and Karl Putrih.
Slovenia has surely not the largest nor the most beautiful parliament building in Europe, but I think that over the decades, we may discover the beauty of this building. Built between 1954 and 1959, it is a typical example of realistic communist style (or some may say a white cuboid). The large parking lot in fornt of the building on Republic Square does not look really good.
Above the front foor, you will see a large bronze sculpture by Zdenko Kalin and Karl Putrih representing working class people. Many people say that this is the only interesting thing about this building - please feel free to interprete that yourself.
Slovenia's Parliament building sits in Republic Square. Maybe not one of the most attractive buildings in this city, but it certainly has an impressive portal which rises half way up the 1st floor where the top is actually a balcony.
There are 5 pillars which are tiled with granite brought in from Pohorje, with mounted symbolic sculptures which depict education, family, happiness, mining, electrification, justice, the textile industry, mechanical engineering, fruitgrowing, agriculture, forestry, shipbuilding, and fishing.
The building was constructed in 1959 and houses the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia and the National Council.
Slovenian parliament is a very modern building and in my opinion quite fascinating one. It was built in 1950-es and it is situated at Trg republike. Front gate is work of art created by sculptors Zdenko Kalin and Karl Putrih.
An otherwise forgettable building--but there is an interesting sculpture over a doorway on the south side of the building. It is a throwback from the post WWII "revolutionary" days and represents the throwdown of capitalist and fascist repression. It's worth a look.
In this large but common building just two details call our attention - the flags and the door. Located in Republic square, it was built in the middle of last century.