This is my final post about Ljubljana, I loved it here, the tiny city is filled with diverse architecture, museums, great places to eat, riverside cafes and restaurants, and a myriad of art easily accessible on a walk around the car free city centre. The National Assembly Building has symbolic sculptural composition around the entrance, figures depict peace, family happiness, child’s play, industry, etc. by the sculptors Karel Putrih and Zdenko Kalin, not sure why they are all naked.
The National Assembly Building sits on Trg Republike Square, which has hosted numerous historic events, including the declaration of Slovenia’s independence on 25 June 1991. The square is lined by a number of monuments from the period of socialist Yugoslavia, the largest is the Revolution monument by sculptor Drago Tršar, which was unveiled in 1975. The Monument of Edvard Kardelj comprises of fifteen people all with blurred faces apart from Kardelj.
The statue overlooking the entrance to the National and University Library, is by the architect Joze Plecnik. The Ljubljana Door, a bronze sculptured door from 1996, was created for the 1250th anniversary of Christianity in Slovenia, on the south face of St. Nicholas’ Cathedral.
Butchers’ Bridge was built in 2010, and connects the Central Market’s colonnade with the Petkovškovo nabrežje embankment. It stands on the site where Jože Plečnik envisaged a bridge almost a hundred years ago. It has statues and sculptures by the renowned Slovenian sculptor Jakov Brdar. The bridge occupies the site of the former butchers’ booths and Brdar’s interesting large statues and small sculptures of deformed little creatures sitting on the parapet refer to the story of this past. The large statue standing on the Petkovškovo nabrežje side of the bridge depicts Prometheus.
Ljubljana’s Central Market is more than just a place to shop. Traditionally, it has also been a place for the locals to meet and enjoy themselves together. The Central Market consists of an open-air market, located in the Vodnikov trg and Pogačarnev trg squares, a covered market situated in between the two squares, and a series of small food shops along the river Ljubljanica, which are referred to as ‘Plečnik’s Covered Market’ as they are located in a colonnade designed by Jože Plečnik.
Stalls sell fresh Slovenian fruits and vegetables, grown by local farmers, tropical fruits, dry-cured meats, flowers and plants, foraged wild mushrooms, forest berries, honey, homemade cheeses, home-made bread baked in a wood oven, home-made biscuits and pastries, dried fruit and nuts, local olive and pumpkin seed oils.