Most Instagrammable Architecture of Ljubljana
Ljubljana is a feast for anyone who loves architecture. A city with multi coloured churches, Slovenian Architecture and a library with book-shaped windows. Intrigued yet? Read on to find out about the most instagrammable architecture in the city!
Before we dive into the details of the buildings. It’s noteworthy to mention the name Jože Plečnik. This famous Slovenian architect was responsible for shaping many of the cities most well known buildings and bridges as well as landmark buildings in both Vienna and Prague.
1. The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation
The most iconic building in Ljubljana, and how could it not be – a pink church! The church was built in the 17th century for the Franciscan order, and was originally painted red (red being the colour of the order). Over time, the red paint faded to a salmon colour and was kept that way due to popular demand.
Do not miss the inside, the ceiling is intricately painted and absolutely stunning. One of the chapels was designed by none other than Jože Plečnik.
Address: Prešernov trg (square), Ljubljana
2. Vurnik House
Before heading to Ljubljana, this was the building I was most excited to see. It’s vivid red colour and intricate frescoes on the façade meant love at first pintrest-click.
The Vurnik house was built in 1921, after the design of the Slovenian architect Ivan Vurnik in what is now considered to be the finest product of national Slovenian architecture. The beautiful frescoes on the façade and the interior are the handiwork of Vurnik’s wife Helena. The colours: red, white and blue can also be found in the Slovenian flag.
The building is currently privately owned by a bank; therefore it is not possible to visit the building on the inside.
Address: Miklošičeva ulica (street), Ljubljana
3. Ursuline Church of Holy Trinity
Another iconic church, this time in yellow! The Ursuline church was built in the 18th century and is considered the most beautiful baroque monument in the city. The illustrious Jože Plečnik had a hand in this church too, by designing the staircase in front of the church.
This was in fact my favorite building in the city due to both the stunning architecture and also due to the fact that this church houses a Humanitarian Organisation (The Association of Volunteers of St. Vincent de Paul) with a focus of helping out the homeless. The homeless of the city can shower, have a meal or attend educational programs thanks to this association.
So if you can, go by and pay a visit!
Address: Slovenska cest 21, Ljubjana
4. Porcelain Catbriyur
A beautiful porcelain shop, adorned with purple flowers and a lavish gold façade. It sells unique Slovenian porcelain, designed by couple Katje and Jure Bricman. The inside of the store is well worth a browse, with its beautiful design and trinkets galore. It is said to contain top-notch porcelain design, none other than Vladimir Putin and the Queen of England own pieces from the shop’s collection.
Address: Ciril-Metodov trg 19, Ljubljana
5. National and University Library
Now this is what I call a library! It was built by Jože Plečnik in the first half of the 20th century. The building is considered to be one of the architect’s greatest achievements and it is replete with symbolism. For example, the windows are shaped like books. Inside the building there is a poetic play with light, representing a scholar’s passage from “ignorance” to “enlightenment” via the path of knowledge.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08.00 -20.00; Saturday 09.00-14.00
Address: Turjaška Ulica 1, Ljubljana