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Visit to Ljubljana’s Cathedral

What about a visit to Ljubljana’s Cathedral ?! P1060775aaaI went on a rainy day, was no religious service inside,so I could catch the glimpses of history and culture,that the place has.

It’s location is near to the central square,about 1-2 minutes of walking over the famous The Triple Bridge –Tromostovje,  pedestrian only, P1060581aaaaa , that brings you in front of the the colonnades that announce the central market. where you will be delighted with different stalls selling herbs, spices, arts and crafts and also see a typical Slovene costume for womanP1060083aaaa.

You will pass through Pogačar Square – that is part of the central market, where ,flowers, more crafts, home made products -meat,cheeses,drinks and different snacks, will tempt you to try them all.

The first building that will get your attention,will be The Seminary,build in 1701, which holds the first public library in Ljubljana, containing an old ecclesiastic and secular book collection( per example: the famous little Latin Bible from the 13th century called Hren’s Bible) which is still open for the public but with prior notice. The entrance of the Seminary, was build in 1714 by Andrea Pozzo P1060736aaa.

Next to the Seminary, you will see the Cathedral’s walls, all keeping several Roman and later tombstones build inP1060761aaa P1060744aaa and on the south wall of the Cathedral you will see a brightly decorated pietà, a copy of one that possibly used to be in the earlier Gothic cathedral aaadasddddaP1060734aaa , but what is representative for this wall is  the Ljubljana Door, redesigned by Mirsad Begić, who decorated it with portraits of the 20th-century bishops of LjubljanaP1060888aaassssP1060938aaa.

You make your entry in the Cathedral thought The Slovene DoorP1060747aaa P1060746aaa,sculpted by Tone Demšar with a depiction of Slovene history to commemorate the 1250th anniversary of Christianity in Slovenia, that will take your breath away.

As soon as you step in the CathedralP1060751aaa, you’ll see the frescoes painted by Giulio Quaglio,by the altar -the angels made by the brothers Paolo and Giuseppe Groppelli and Francesco Robba P1060757aaaP1060759aaaP1060754aaa, as well the dome frescos  painted by Matevž Langus.

On your way out, you wont stop noticing many pigeons around the cathedral that learned to live peaceful with the locals ;))aP1060118aaaa

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