Ljubljana Cathedral – A Baroque Art Masterpiece

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Officially named the Church of St. Nicholas, Ljubljana Cathedral captures everything that is Slovenia's capital, with its iconic twin towers and single, distinctive weathered green dome. A beautiful example of Baroque art, the church is adorned with frescoes by Italian painters. It is also one of the city's must-see attractions.


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The Cathedral in Ljubljana is a magnificent building worth visiting while in Slovenia's capital, paying particular attention to the exterior and interior of the building. Ljubljana's only and Slovenia's main cathedral stands in the Old Town at Cyril and Methodius Square, near the Central Market and a two-minute walk from the Castle funicular starting point.


I enjoy visiting Roman Catholic churches and cathedrals in European cities, especially those with ornate Baroque architecture. The interior of the Ljubljana Cathedral exudes an Italian atmosphere that I adore. It is breathtakingly beautiful.


Ljubljana Cathedral Pictures

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The cathedral's southern façade

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The bronze sculptured door on the cathedral's southern side

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Ljubljana Bishops of the 20th century by sculptor Mirsad Begić on the side door

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The nave's left side

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Ceiling frescoes

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The high altar

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The cathedral's interior

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The organ

The Church's Brief History


The Ljubljana Cathedral was built from 1701 to 1706 on the site of a tiny Romanesque church (the oldest mention of which dates back to 1262) and later a bigger Gothic church (a fire in 1469 destroyed the structure), according to the plans of the Italian Jesuit brother, Baroque painter, and architect Andrea Pozzo. After 1841, the building took its current appearance, as it previously lacked a planned masonry dome.


Architecture


When viewed from above, such as from the Ljubljana Castle, the cathedral's green dome and two yellow towers form an aesthetically attractive pattern reminiscent of Salzburg Cathedral. The octagonal dome rises immediately above the Latin crossing of the church. It has a gilded cross on top, like the square steeples with octagonal belfries. The church's facades are rich in niches featuring frescoes and other noteworthy elements. The 1996 bronze sculptured entrance front and southern side doors look stunning.


The church has a single large nave as well as several side chapels. The magnificent view that greets visitors upon entering the church is evident. The rich Baroque decor of the Italian-style interior is one-of-a-kind. It features frescoes by Giulio Quaglio the Younger, a Baroque painter. Paolo and Giuseppe Groppelli's decorations from 1711 are on the right side of the nave, while Francesco Robba's works from 1745 to 1750 are on the nave's left side and the high altar. They are all finished with great care. In the early 20th century, Slovene architect Jože Plečnik designed the church's baptismal font and bishop's pulpit.


How to Get There


Address: Dolničarjeva ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


By Public Transportation:

Bus stop (line 321): Mestna Hiša

Electric train Urban stop: Mestna Hiša


Ljubljana: Private 2-Hour City Walking Tour


Discover Ljubljana's charm by visiting its main sights, including the beautiful cathedral, hearing stories about the city's past and present, strolling along medieval streets, admiring various architectural styles, and finding hidden monuments on the Private 2-Hour City Walking Tour.



I hope you found my guide to the Ljubljana Cathedral useful. Have you visited the Ljubljana Cathedral yet? How did you find your experience? Do you agree it looks impressive? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Enjoy exploring the cathedral and other historical landmarks in Slovenia's capital!


Arūnas

May 25, 2022

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