Prešeren Square, Ljubljana

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    Preseren Square

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    Preseren Square has a statue of France Preseren, Slovenia’s most famous poet overshadowed by the poetic muse. In a corner of the square his lover gazes across at him. Preseren Square is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the salmon pink Franciscan Church, which is lovely and peaceful inside. This church dates from the seventeenth century. There is also the oldest department store in Ljubljana- a beautiful art nouveau building with a statue of the god Mercury on its roof and a lovely ornate staircase inside. There are also several beautiful ornate and colourful buildings such as Hauptmann House. This house was built in 1873 and then later renovated in 1904 in the Secessionist style by the architect Ciril Metod Koch. .

    The franciscan Church Preseren Square The love of Preseren's Life Mercury flying over the department store preseren and the poetic muse
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    Preseren Square

    by antistar Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    The square devoted to Slovenia's and Ljubljana's favourite poet is the center point of the whole city. It's where people meet up on a night out, where people hang out during the day, and a great place to orient yourself from when starting your tour around the city. It contains two of Ljubljana's best sights, the outstandingly pink Franciscan Church of Annunciation and the Trimosti (the three bridges) which fan across the green river Ljubljanica. It also contains some of the city's best architecture, with many prominent buildings constructed here after the 19th century earthquake which flattened the city.

    The square also boasts great views. From the bridges you can look down the river along the rows of elegant town houses, and the square itself presents a fabulous view from one of the many bridges which span the snaking river. You can also get a good view of the castle from here, which is why the square is also one of the three used for events on New Year's Eve, when the city is lit up at midnight by an amazing technicolor firework display from the castle's battlements.

    Preseren Square from the Bridges, Ljubljana Preseren Square from the Castle, Ljubljana

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    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    No one visits Ljubljana without seeing this square - the real centre of tourism in the city. So important that, instead of maps, the put in the square a miniature of the historic area. It's always surrounding by curious people, so you may skip it, but it is nice, either to plan the next walk, either to summarize what you have seen or not. However, the beauty around the square is so great that missing it is no kind of problem.

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    The centre of town

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

    The centre of town, a large square facing the triple bridge, is dominated by a statue of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren. It was created by Ivan Zajec in 1905, on a pedestal created by Max Fabiani.

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    Preseren square

    by shavy Written Sep 7, 2013

    Is a baroque square in the center of Ljubljana the square was only built in the mid 19th century and originated from a cross from the town in the Middle Ages. On the square stands a statue of the famous Slovenian poet Preseren French, author of the national anthem along with the muse of poetry

    After the earthquake of 1895 were here several building houses, including the Urban building. Especially in the spring and in the summer it is time to enjoy one of the many terraces. Most of this square is pedestrianized. The striking Triple Bridge connects the Old Town with the square. Also the beautiful Franciscan monastery are here. The poplars on the banks of the Ljubljanica Presernov trg give a rustic look to this square

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    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 13, 2011

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    The statue of France Preseren is probably the most popular meeting point in Ljubljana, especially frequently used as a meeting point for VT meetings.

    Among other things, the poet France Preseren (1800-1849) wrote the national anthem of Slovenia. His statue is surrounded by other famous sights like the Fanciscan Church, the Centromerkur department store and the Tripe Bridge.

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    The Preseren Square (Presernov Trg) is located right in the heart of Ljubljana, just next to the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje).

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    PREŠERNOV TRG (Prešeren Square)

    by GillianMcLaughlin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This square, named after national poet, France Prešeren (1800-1849), dominates the riverside, and stands as a fine monument to love and freedom.

    The large red building is the Franciscan church which has dominated the area since it was 14 years in the construction and completed in 1660. The square also boasts two fine examples of Art Nouveau facades, “Ura” and “Centromerkur”. However its main claim to fame is undoubtedly the unusual and very pretty Triple Bridge, the combination of an old stone bridge that dates from 1842 and two side ones added in 1931 by the father of the current cityscape, architect Jože Plečnik.

    It is from this square that the little tourist train to the castle starts its journey.

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    Preseren square.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 24, 2009

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    Preseren square is the main square in Ljubljana and the place where you tend to meet your friends when you organise to meet somewhere in Ljubljana.
    The statue of Preseren always seems to be occupied by lot´s of people meeting up with someone.
    Everything from students to local drunks.
    Frances Preseren was a slovenian poet who lived from 1800 to 1849 and among many things he wrote the lyrics for the slovenian national anthem.
    He was a laywer but he never pratised law professionally.
    He stuck to writing poetry and chasing women and that was not a bad idea if you ask me.

    Local students by the statue of Frances Preseren. Preseren square.
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    join the crowds...

    by iaint Written Aug 2, 2009

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    In downtown Ljubljana, all roads lead to Prešeren Trg (transl "square"). It is the hub of the old town.

    On one side you have the impressive Franciscan Church of the Annunciation (Frančiškanska Cerkev Marijinega Oznanjenja in Slovene). Opposite that you have the "Triple Bridge" (Tromostovje) over the river.

    From the square you can walk up or down river on either side. You have numerous cafes & restaurants downriver, with outdoor seating in summer. You have the town hall square (Mestni trg), the open air market and St Nicholas Cathedral just 50 meters away. The castle is up above you.

    Locals congregate here to walk around, have an ice cream, meet friends, have a drink and/or dinner.

    bridge in foreground; church in background seen from downriver
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    Presernov trg

    by FruitLover Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    The most popular meeting-point in Ljub.

    The muse of poetry holding a spring of laurel is above the poet's head.
    The square is named after the greatest Sloven poet, France Preseren (1800-1849). His poetry is a symbol of longing for love and freedom.
    One of his poem, "A Toast"/ "Zdravljica" became the national anthem.
    The square, Italian modelled, is dominated by the ornamented facade of the Franciscan Church.

    Pay attention to the fact that in the capital of ex-communist country the main statue is of a poet and not of an "admired" political leader! Refreshing change, indeed.

    The poet's statue is symbolically faced by the statue of Julija Primic, his great love, mounted on the facade of a building located across the square, in the Wolfova ulica.

    F. Preseren & his muse Statue
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    Prešeren Square

    by travelfrosch Written Jun 23, 2009

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    If you have reached Prešeren Square, you know you are in the old town center. The formerly controversial statue of poet France Prešeren overlooks the square. Read any guidebook or ask any tour guide for an explanation of the statue and surrounding architecture. While the story you get may or may not be true, it is guaranteed to be entertaining.

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    This is the meeting place

    by craic Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    Where the statue of the poet France Preseren stands - muses hovering over his head.
    It is great that a poet is so honoured and not some war lord or other - but I think his work must suffer in the translation because I find his work rather stuffy and dull. Not my cup of tea at all.

    "He who from fate receives but blow on blow,
    Who, like myself in her disfavour stands,
    Although he had a hundred mighty hands,
    Would vainly strive for riches here below.
    His paths are strewn with thorns where'er he go;
    And where he looks for home there soon expands
    A sea of woes: against its stormy strands
    Waves roll and splash in unremitting flow.

    Pursued and tossed about by Care, by Need,
    He finds no peace from worries on his road,
    Though to the farthest place his search may lead.

    And only in the quiet, cold abode,
    Which after weary life's span is decreed,
    Will death relieve him of his toilsome load."

    He stares across the square to a plaque on a building of his lady love. Her family were not at all keen on her allying herself to a poet - or maybe she just wasn't into him all that much - and the love affair came to nothing. But year after year he stares forlornly across at her profile. Bit sad eh? All the muses in the world can't make up for disapointment in affairs of the heart.

    The poet and his muses. His lady love.

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    Prešernov trg square

    by easterntrekker Written Aug 22, 2008

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    The Prešernov trg square developed from a road junction in front of one of the city gates leading to medieval Ljubljana. It is the central square in Ljubljana,and an excellent place to start your walking tour of the city. A statue of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren was unveiled in 1905.

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    Presern square - centre of the centres

    by cro_gavran Written Jul 18, 2008

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    In the main centre of the city is big square with the statue of Slovenian national poet France Presern (afther who is named the square). During the summer and at the new year eve, square is place for many concerts and events, but also for some protests, like the one of animal right associations.
    The charming little public space is rigned with number of interesting sights around, including Tromostovje, Plecnik's market, Franciscian church etc.

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    Preseren square.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    This square was named after the Slovene poet France Preseren. Here you can see the Franciscan church; built betwen 1646 and 1660; the monument built as homage to Preseren and two buildings with Liberty facades; Centromerkur and Ura (or Hauptmann House).

    In Preseren square there is an open air cafe operating from spring to autumn. It is said they serve the best ice cream in Ljulbjana there.

    Hauptmann House, or Ura.
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