Ljubljana and me

Glimpses,photos & experiences of a foreigner living in Slovenia, Ljubljana

Križanke – Teutonic Church and Summer Theatre

A majestic view, in the heart of Ljubljana is The Križanke Summer Theatre and what remained from the Monastery and church of “Our Lady of Mercy”of the Teutonic Knights Order,located in French Revolution Square – Trg francoske revolucije P1070638aaa.first mentioned in 1265, the stones, with their Gothic and Renaissance characteristics, testifying to the medieval timesP1070639aaaP1070650aaa. The present Križanke Church was built between 1714 and 1715 by Domenico Rossi, with a very impressive frontageP1060597aaaP1070645aaaP1070642aaaa but the main restoration of Križanke was done by Jože Plečnik ,in the ’50.

He recreated the entire monastery spaceP1070646aaa, adding architectural elements,  P1070657aaa  build in stone windows frames and portals from demolished Ljubljana housesP1070652aaaP1070655aaa, even the bust of himself can be found in the atrium P1070654aaa,added after his death.

Lots of arts, from poetry till rock can be experienced here, at Krizanke ,the big stage with an orchestra pit is suitable for various theatrical and musical stagings (operas, operettas, ballet, etc.), for symphonic concerts, theatre productions as well as pop and jazz concerts, and even me lolP1050688aaa.

” The Devils Courtyard “is having as well a P1070647aaabeautiful setting for receptions, originally designed by Plečnik to serve as a venue for small chamber performances.

The surroundings of Križanke can be as well enjoyedP1070661aaa having a walk on what is unofficially called,during different concerts, “the critics lounge” because is located behind the stage, having a really good sound and free entrance P1070672aaa😉

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