Jože Plečnik’s Ljubljana

I suppose you could visit Ljubljana without knowing the name Jože Plečnik, but come on, you’re not paying attention. Plečnik is a Slovene architect “who had a major impact on the modern architecture of Vienna, Prague and of Ljubljana” (wikipedia). However, I visited Prague and Vienna and never heard his name so maybe I wasn’t paying attention. Ljubljana’s UNESCO site is titled “The works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana – Human Centred Urban Design”.

Ferda and my Plečnik tour started before we even got to Ljubljana. We made a small detour to Črna vas to visit the church Plečnik designed and built there, Church of St. Michael. The inside is supposed to be quite interesting, but it was locked up.

IMG_20220523_162427 by bryandkeith on flickr

From there before we made it into the center of the city and our funky but comfortable capsule-like hotel, the Fuzzy Log, we passed one of Plečnik’s bridges, Plečnikov most.

IMG_20220524_175127 by bryandkeith on flickr

I don’t think Plečnik had anything to do with the church (Cerkev sv. Janeza Krstnika) in the background of the above photo, but he did design this one, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi:

IMG_20220525_144005 by bryandkeith on flickr

This time we were able to get inside:

IMG_20220525_144846 by bryandkeith on flickr

Another perhaps slightly obscure Plečnik work is the funeral home at the Žale Cemetery.

IMG_20220525_141742 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20220525_141534 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20220525_141419 by bryandkeith on flickr

Plečnik’s impact on the center of Ljubljana with his “profoundly human vision for the city” (UNESCO again) is what every tourist can’t miss.

The Plečnikove arkade:

IMG_20220524_181450 by bryandkeith on flickr

The Triple Bridge at Prešernov trg:

IMG_20220526_152709 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20220526_114541 by bryandkeith on flickr

Kongresni trg:

IMG_20220526_120622 by bryandkeith on flickr

I felt like I could also see Plečnik’s style in the Čevljarski most:

IMG_20220524_120418 by bryandkeith on flickr

and French Revolution Square:

IMG_20220524_173359 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20220524_173340 by bryandkeith on flickr

We certainly enjoyed walking around the large motor-free center of Ljubljana for a few days.

IMG_20220524_124207 by bryandkeith on flickr
Gornji trg
IMG_20220524_115127 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20220524_125600 by bryandkeith on flickr
Mestni trg
IMG_20220524_175515 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20220525_170713 by bryandkeith on flickr
Cerkev svetega Cirila in Metoda
IMG_20220526_155004 by bryandkeith on flickr

Finally here’s the rooftop terrace of the Fuzzy Log:

Roof top terrace at the Fuzzy Log by bryandkeith on flickr

If you do want to try an unusual concept and a tiny two-person room, I recommend Fuzzy Log’s “Deep Dive” over their “Fly High”.

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2 Responses to Jože Plečnik’s Ljubljana

  1. Curt Bradner says:

    Hmmm, you’re making me jealous, and that’s not easy to do 🙂

  2. Mike Painter says:

    A week late reading this, but wonderful as always!

    I’m off to Utah in a week, with a stop at the Bristlecone pines in California on the way.

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