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St. Nicholas’ Cathedral (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja) or Ljubljana Cathedral is a striking landmark and one of Ljubljana’s most important religious buildings. Visit this church to admire its elegant Baroque exterior, marvel at frescoes by world-renowned painters, attend Mass or enjoy performances by chamber choirs.
Learn about the cathedral’s interesting history, which dates back to the 13th century. Prior to the present building, Romanic and Gothic-style churches stood on the same site. Today’s cathedral was built in 1706 to the designs of the Italian Jesuit architect Andrea Pozzo. It adopts the layout of a Baroque hall church, characterized by chapels set out in the shape of a Latin cross.
Walk around the cathedral’s exterior and spot a series of niches, which feature expertly carved statues of bishops, priests and saints. Gaze up at the twin clock towers and green-hued dome, added in 1841.
Study the two bronze doors, which celebrate the 1,250th anniversary of Christianity in Slovenia. The west door portrays the national history of Slovenia and is the cathedral’s main entrance. The south door depicts Ljubljana’s diocesan history and includes carvings of the city’s 20th-century bishops.
Inside, the cathedral presents more art. Appreciate the Baroque paintings by Giulio Quaglio and Slovene Matevž Langus’ dome fresco. See a portrait of St. Nicholas by the Italian Pietro Liberi. Look for the altar angels by Francesco Robba, located left of the nave.
The cathedral is open daily and admission is free. Services take place at regular intervals throughout the day. Recitals by choirs and chamber orchestras are also held here. Ask at the tourist information center at nearby Vodnik Square for details.
Located in Ljubljana’s medieval district, the St. Nicholas’ Cathedral is a short walk from major city attractions such as Dragon Bridge, Triple Bridge and Prešeren Square. Public buses stop at Vodnik Square. Parking is available for a fee.
This hotel was in the perfect location, just minutes from the river, cafes and bars. The staff were extremely friendly and polite, got a lovely welcome from a young man, sadly can't recall his name. Breakfast was exceptional, ypu must be very hard to please if you couldn't find something you liked. ...
Very closed to main attractions, excellent view from the hotel to the castle, walking distance to the beautiful historic town. very good breakfast included.
This property was ideally located for the City Center. We had some minor feedback which was taken on board by the receptionist and the issue was resolved with the minimum of fuss. Overall an excellent property with a fantastic roof space to relax once you'd enjoyed the city sights!