Town Hall & town square, Ljubljana
The town hall is near the cathedral. Outside it there is a lovely fountain of the three rivers. We had a look at the free exhibition in the town hall which was OK but had no English information.
The town hall was built in 1484 and was later extended in the early eighteenth century by Gregor Macek.
Between 1717 and 1719, Gregor Macek led the renovation of the former palace built in 1584 by Peter Bezlav. Mixing Baroque and Classicist styles, it seems to have a nice interior, where I would like to see at least the courtyard. I read that it is nice, with Hercules statue, Robba's fountain of Narcissus and other precious things, however there was going any official event, and we got no more than a discreet compliment from the Mayor (I think) at the door.
The Slovenian and Ljubljana city flags fluttered in the wind. The sun was behind the building. The building looked angry and forbidding. Who would have known that so many lovely art and sculpture pieces were hiding behind the stern facade?
Originally built in Baroque style in 1484 and further extended during 1717-1718 by Gregor Macek, the "Rathaus" is a great place to take a shelter from any hot afternoon sun. If you find the protruding balcony and clocktower impressive for the white-and-gray exterior, then the interior with its Baroque arcade of patterned painted arches, a well in the interior yard and a famous fountain will sure to catch your attention.
The famous fountain - by Francesca Robba - unsuitably in my own opinion, tucked away in a slightly gloomy corner depicts the story of Narcissus. Right at the entrance, you will also meet the original Statue of Hercules - saved from the elements and a copy resurrected at its original spot in Stari Trg. A large wall engravement of old Ljubljana hung in the interior courtyard and I couldn't help noticed an engravement of a lady seemingly behind bars on the top left corner. (Anyone care to shed some light on this?)
An contemplary art exhibition was ongoing during my visit so my guess is that the Town Hall also doubles up as an exhibition gallery.
When wandering around in the city centre, take a visit into the old Town Hall where you will be rewarded by a visit to a most beautiful decorative courtyard.
The original foundations of this building date from the late 1400s, but it was rebuilt in 1784 following the designs of architect Gregor Maček. Over the years it has served many functions, including a theatre in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The town hall in Ljubljana is one of my favorite buildings in Ljubljana.
It´s a Baroque and Classicist style building that is both very pretty from the inside and the outside.
You can enter the town hall for free and you have a very nice courtyard in the buildings where you often have art exhebitions and last time i was there, there was also an interesting exhebition about the town planning of Ljubljana for the next 25 years.
At the foot of castle hill this beautiful baroque square is a must see sight. It's home to the Town Hall with its balcony, clock tower & pillared courtyard. Infront of it is the Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers & all around the square there are historic buildings with beautiful facades.
Mestni trg is situated just to the north of the Prešeren square. In the centre of Mestni trg there is Robbov vodnjak. There is city hall also at Mestni trg. Originally it was built in 1484, but it was reconstructed in 1718.
The Magistrat or Town Hall was originally erected in the 15th century and then rebuilt in 1718 in Gothic style. The interior has a lovely courtyard and used to be where theatrical performances were staged (but they aren't anymore). The building is topped by a golden dragon, which is a symbol of the city of Ljubljana with much more recent history. Allegedly a mayor at the beginning of the 20th century convinced the Viennese authorities to erect Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) and it is said the dragons wag their tail whenever a virgin crosses the bridge (thanks for the "virgin-dar", Lonely Planet).
Just outside the Town Hall is the Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers, sculpted by Francesco Robba, a Ljubljana sculptor, in 1751. Many of the churches in the city also feature work by Robba.
The statue represents the meeting of the three rivers, the Sava, Krka and the Ljubljanica, the rivers symbolized by three tritons with oval jugs and dolphins at their feet. It was allegedly modeled after Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Rome.
The Town Hall, dating from 1719, is most impressive from what you can see inside, just past the guard desk there is the original Hercules statue from Levstikov Square and a little further inside in one of the arcaded courtyards is the Fountain of Narcissus by Robba.
If you look at the design on the walls of the courtyard, one of the paintings is the coat of arms of Ljubljana featuring a dragon atop Ljubljana Castle.
The Ljubljana Town Hall, which has been used as the seat of the Municipality of Ljubljana, was built in the late 15th century by the master builder Peter Bezlaj. It assumed its present appearance in the period between 1717 and 1719, when an annexe was added to it by the master builder Gregor Maček Snr. according to designs by Carlo Martinuzzi. Subsequently, the building was reconstructed several times, the most thoroughly in 1963 by architect Svetozar Križaj.
The façade of the Town Hall reflects Venetian influences. Preserved in the entrance hall are a late Gothic plaque with a coat of arms, which is a remnant of the original building, and a statue of Hercules with a lion dating from the late 17th century, earlier a part of the Hercules Fountain, which used to stand in the middle of the Stari trg square. Situated in the Town Hall's arched courtyard is the Narcissus Fountain, a work by Francesco Robba, whose original location was Bokalci Castle. Next to the Town Hall staircase there is a monument to the memory of Ivan Hribar (1851-1941), a famous mayor of Ljubljana.
The Ljubljana Town Hall, which has been used as the seat of the Municipality of Ljubljana, was built in the late 15th century by the master builder Peter Bezlaj. It assumed its present appearance in the period between 1717 and 1719, when an annexe was added to it by the master builder Gregor Maèek Snr. according to designs by Carlo Martinuzzi. Subsequently, the building was reconstructed several times, the most thoroughly in 1963 by architect Svetozar Križaj. The building is topped with a golden dragon, a symbol of Ljubljana.
This small beuatiful town hall lays somewhat hidden ad Mestni Trg. It was built in the 15th century but reconsturcted between 1717 and 1719 by Gregor Macek Snr. Inside, you will find an original Robba fountain protected by a small galss dome.
Mestni trg, the City Square, is one of the city's main pedestrian area, with lots of shops, restaurants and cafe-bars. Where Mestni trg ends Stari trg, the Old Square, begins. This is the very heart of the old core of the town of Ljubljana.
The town hall square is only a short walk away from Preseren Square. There's the cute town hall here as well as a statue which was made by famous Italian sculptor Francesco Robba and which is strangely hidden in a glass cage.
On the picture you can see how that town hall looked in its christmas outfit. Isn't it beautiful?