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Plečnik’s Ljubljana

The creations of the famous architect Jože Plečnik (1872–1957) put a mark on three cities of Central Europe: Vienna, Prague, but most of all his beloved home town of Ljubljana. It was Plečnik’s objective to breathe new life into Ljubljana by redesigning it into a comprehensive masterpiece. The most prominent landmarks include the Triple Bridge, the Cobbler’s Bridge, the building of the National and the University library, the Križanke summer theatre, the Žale cemetery and others.
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Ljubljana Cathedral

St. Nicholas’ Church, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana, was completed in its current form in 1701 on the foundations of an older church. The church built by the Jesuit architect Andrea Pozzo is adorned with frescoes by Giulio Quaglio and is considered one of the jewels of Baroque art. Also famous is its entrance door made in the 20th century. The carvings on the main door depict the history, while the postern doors are decorated with portraits of Slovene bishops and Jesus.
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The National and University Library

The most important work of Jože Plečnik in Slovenia is the building of the National and University Library, which is still used for its original purpose. This monumental building was constructed in 1941 and is considered as a unique combination of the different cultures which the architect had always been fond of. The building is modelled after Italian palaces, while the famous black staircase and the decorative elements inspire a sense of antiquity.
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