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Slovenian Gruto Parkas
Nowadays there aren't plenty of possibilities to see statues of communist leaders in Eastern Europe. Statues of Lenin are becoming an endangered species even in Russia, you can visit the Gruto Parkas in southern Lithuania or the Memento park (ex Szoborpark) near Budapest... and there are at least two miniature versions of the "Gruto parkas" in Slovenia, both of them in downtowns of Slovenian towns (Ljubljana and Velenje) and even better, both without an admission fee.
In Ljubljana, there is a monument to Edvard Kardelj (Yugoslav communist ideologist) at the western edge of Trg republike (in front of the national parliament). Just a few meters away, behind the Cankarjev dom or in front of the presidential palace, one can easily spot another monument to Boris Kidrič, an architect of communist persecution. Its stalinist style should be self explanatory.
The 3rd potential "exponat" to this unofficial "theme park" could be the 4-lane street between the Žale cemetery and the Stožice stadium. In 2009, twenty years after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the communist controlled city council of Ljubljana decided to name the newly constructed street after the communist bloody dictator Josip Broz Tito. The street bore this name until October 2011 when the Constitutional Court ruled the name was unconstituitonal.
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Square is political centre of modern Slovenia. With the national flag in the middle, and the brutalist parliament building from 1960 on the bank, square is sybolic and practical centre of republic of Slovenia. Don't forget the monument of Trubar.
- Arts and Culture
Republic Square was my least favourite of all of Ljubljana's Square although it played a significant part in Slovenia's Independence and subsequent celebrations. It was here that Slovenian independence was announced on 25 June 1991. It is now the political centre of Slovenia and houses the Slovenian Parliament Building. It was built in 1960 and designed by the architect Edvard Ravnikar. During construction, the gardens of the Ursuline Monastery was destroyed and torn up to make space for the square.
The square mainly houses modern buildings including the Slovenian Parliament building, two tall and ugly office buildings, the cultural and congress centre and a department store. There are a number of interesting monuments located in the square, including Drago Tršar's Monument to Revolution.
Trg Republike (Republic Square) isn't the best looking square in the world. It's dominated by two rather ugly tower blocks built in the 1960's - the TR3 (with the weathered green bronze top) and the headquarters of the Nova Ljubjlanaska Banka. At the other end of the square lies the almost unnoticeable Parliament building built in 1959. At the edge of the square there are several monuments, the largest being the Monument to Revolution, a work by the Slovenian sculptor Drago Tršar unveiled in 1975. The square was the location where the independence of Slovenia was announced on 25th June 1991.
Communist style architecture
Architectual reminders of Slovenia's recent past under communist rule are plentiful in the city, with Republic Square, for me, offering the most striking examples.
A large, soulless area dominated by a couple of high-rise monstrosities at the southern end, and by perhaps Slovenia's ugliest piece of architecture, the parliament building, at it's northern end, the square has few redeeming features.
When we walked through this square it was raining heavily. Appropriate weather for such an uninspiring place.
Trg republike (Square of the Republic)
Trg republike is a modern square shaped in the second half of 20th century. Trg republike is dominated by two bussines skyscrapers. There is Cankarjev dom behind them (and under the surface), largest complex of halls in Slovenia, that hosts numerous exhibitions. Shopping centre Maximarket is situated there and there is garage complex under the surface.
There is parliament of Slovenia on Trg republike also.
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