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Presernov Trg, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2011[open in full screen]  

 
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Preseren square was formed at the place of a crossroad before a city gate of the medieval Ljubljana. It started to gain its current appearance in the 17th century, when the church of the Annunciation was built. It was first known as the Maria square after the church. After the 1895 Ljubljana earthquake that damaged and ruined the medieval houses, the baroque style bourgeois palaces were built at their place: the Frisch house, the Seunig house, the central pharmacy, the Urbanc house and the mayer house.

A statue of the slovene national poet France Preseren with a muse stands in the middle of the square. It was created by Ivan Zajec in 1905.

  The statue faces the window where Preseren's "muse" used to live. There is a small statue of her on that building as well.

On the south side, the Ljubljanica river passes by and is traversed by the city's best-known bridge, the triple bridge (tromostovje), designed in 1929 by Joze Plecnik. Wolf street leads towards the Congress square (also in our collection).

At the end of Wolf Street, facing Preseren square, stands the Hauptmann house, built in 1873, and one of the few buildings in the area that survived the earthquake of 1895. In 1904, it was renovated in the Vienna secession style.

 

Today it is main gathering place for the Ljubljana youth and main orientation point for numerous visitors to the city [including us]. This square and the next one are marked on the photo of the model of the city found in the local museum.

Tip for visitors: Best pancakes in the city are sold on the square [photos in the middle bellow is evidence how popular it is].

Another magnificent pedestrianized space connected to the Preseren square is on the photo bellow right.

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