Ljubljana Cathedral (Ljubljanska stolnica)#7 in Best Things To Do in Ljubljana
Also known as the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Ljubljana Cathedral has welcomed parishioners since at least 1262. Burned down and altered throughout the years, today's rendition of the church features a cross-shaped design devised by Italian Jesuit architect Andrea Pozzo. Inside, you'll discover all kinds of Baroque details, including ceiling frescoes painted by Italian artist Giulio Quaglio, statues made by Italian sculptor Angelo de Putti and a dome fresco created by Slovenian painter Matevž Langus. The church's two bronze doors are also noteworthy: Added during a visit from former pope St. John Paul II in 1996, both feature scenes that tell the stories of Christianity in Ljubljana and Slovenia.
Travelers use adjectives like "amazing," "beautiful" and "impressive" to describe Ljubljana Cathedral. Visitors love both the building's interior and exterior, citing its artwork and ambiance as highlights. Though tourists are welcome to walk around and take pictures inside, be respectful during your visit. Remain quiet to avoid disturbing those who are praying, and refrain from using the flash on your camera.
Ljubljana Cathedral is located between the Ljubljanica river and Ljubljana Castle in the Ljubljana Old Town neighborhood. In the surrounding area, you'll find restaurants, shops, government offices, tourism information centers and a couple of parking lots. Two of the city's most well-known bridges – the Dragon Bridge and the Triple Bridge – also sit within walking distance. Biking or walking to the church is possible from almost all of Ljubljana's must-see sights, or you can hop in a Kavalir to get to the property from any locale in the historical city center. The church does not charge an entrance fee and welcomes visitors 24 hours a day. Religious services take place nine times every day. More information is available on Ljubljana Tourism's website.
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#1 Ljubljana Old Town (Staro mesto)
Ljubljana's past is hard to miss in its historical city center. Home to must-see sights like Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge and Ljubljana Castle, the Ljubljana Old Town area features a mix of Gothic, Baroque and art nouveau architecture. Throughout the neighborhood, you'll find colorful buildings, pedestrian-only thoroughfares, ample shops and charming open-air cafes that overlook the Ljubljanica river. Plus, several of Slovenian architect Jože Plecnik's most iconic structures reside in this part of town. Don't miss the Plecnik-designed Central Market, which hosts a popular food market (Open Kitchen) every Friday from mid-March through October.
Travelers rave about the Ljubljana Old Town region, saying it offers a perfect blend of old and new. Though many suggest a summer visit so you can attend the weekly food market and people-watch while sipping a coffee outdoors, others highly recommend arriving in December to enjoy the city's festive Christmas decorations and holiday markets. No matter when you visit, vacationers say you'll discover well-maintained buildings, friendly locals and a great selection of eateries and watering holes.
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