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Town Hall description and photos - Slovenia: Ljubljana. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Town Hall.
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The Town Hall is an old building that houses the Ljubljana City Hall. The construction is over five centuries old. The building was originally built in the Gothic style, which was preferred in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Baroque was in fashion in Ljubljana. Famous Italian architects have made efforts to create a unified architectural appearance of the old city. Thanks to them, Ljubljana is considered the Eastern European capital of the Baroque. In the years 1817-1719, the Town Hall building was rebuilt in accordance with the general style of the city - in the style of the late Italian Baroque. The construction was supervised by Gregor Maczek, but he used the designs of Carlo Martinuzzi, the architect of the famous Bishop's Palace, the Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity and other beautiful Baroque buildings in Ljubljana. A special merit of Machek was the use of the sgraffito style as a decorative finish - laborious, but allowing architectural decorations to remain in their original form for thousands of years. So mythological sculptures, a 17th century map of Ljubljana on one of the facades, and other decoration elements have been looking in their original form for the fourth century.
In front of the Town Hall there is another famous Baroque monument - the fountain of the Carniola rivers. This is the last work of the Venetian architect Francesco Robba, who lived and worked in Ljubljana in the 18th century. The trefoil base is modeled after the old city seal. The fountain is surrounded by three allegorical statues depicting the three rivers of Ljubljana - Krka, Sava and Ljubljanica. However, when designing, Robb did not take into account that the river in Italy is a masculine word, and among the Slavs it is feminine. Therefore, the rivers are depicted by male figures. This mistake does not prevent the fountain, reminiscent of the Roman ones, from being a true decoration of the Town Hall Square.
In the courtyards of the Town Hall there is another work of the same architect - the Narcissus Fountain. Later, in the same courtyards, a monument was erected to the famous politician, burgomaster of the city Ivan Khribar, an adherent of Slavic ideas.
The Town Hall is open for tourists.
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