Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia with about 370,000 population and has diverse architectural styles as can be seen in this gallery. Slovenia’s most renown architect was Joze Plecnik (1872-1957) whose work is seen throughout the city. He was also a city planner and designed numerous public spaces especially along the Ljubljanica River that flows through the center.
Working tirelessly throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Plecnik transformed Ljubljana through works such as the Franciscan Church; civic improvements including new bridges, waterfront, banks, and sluices along the Lubljanica River; new market buildings, kiosks, monuments, plazas, and parks; a new cemetery in Zale; and major buildings such as the Vzajemna Insurance Company and the university library.
The city was also strongly influenced by the Austrian fashion in the style of Graz and Salzburg. After the 1511 earthquake, Ljubljana was rebuilt in a Baroque style following the model of a Renaissance town; after the 1895 quake, which severely damaged the city, it was once again rebuilt, this time in an Art Nouveau style. The city’s architecture is thus a mix of styles.
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