Ljubljana and me

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About Ribji trg and Primož Trubar

The smallest square in Ljubljana is Ribji trg –Fish Square ,located not more then two minutes walk distance,on a side of the Ljubljanica river,from Prešeren SquareP1070685aaa In the middle of the tinny square is a small fountain,neoclassical style, with a statue of a Greek girl,sculpted in the second half of the 19th century , moved to the current location from a garden next to Tivoli Mansion in 1981 .But what is the highlight of the square is the oldest house in Ljubljana,build in 1528 P1070683aaa.

The house belonged to a mayor of Ljubljana and after 1562 was home of the reformer Primož Trubar – important personality for the Slovene culture and identity. He was the author of the first Slovene language printed books – Abecedarium and Catechismus ( know under this name as well: Katekizem v slovenskem jeziku),printed in 1550, books so important for the national identity for Slovens.

The books were written not in Slovenia but  in Rothenburg,Germany and printed using the Gothic script,  in Tübingen, because Trubar had to hide,in Germany, when anti-Reformation Bishop Urban Textor ordered his arrest ,due to new religious doctrines that  Trubar was preaching.  Also in Germany Trubar becomes follower of Martin Luther,becoming a Protestant .

Primož Trubar was the first one, to write the word  “Slovenes” becoming the creator of the Slovene literary language and a symbol of personal reformation through faith.

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