Thursday, July 05, 2012

Architecture Of Ljubljana

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The centre of Ljubljana is full of quite lovely architecture, the oldest of which is commonly baroque in style. This is juxtaposed against the art nouveau look of the Vienna Secession. The immediate cause of this remodelling was the earthquake of 1895, which required the razing of some buildings and spurred the re-development of others. For example the open expanse which now houses the Ljubljana Central Market was previously a built up block. The period until 1910 saw the city shed its provincial past in a flurry of architectural development. And it's continued ever since.


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A good number of the city's distinctive features are more recent still. The unique Triple Bridge was created from a single span in 1932. Republic Square (where Slovenian independence was declared in 1991) dates from the 1950s. The National Assembly Building was finished in 1959. The circular design of PreŇ°eren Square was added in the 1980s. The Butchers' Bridge, planned in the 1930s, was only opened in 2010. Pedestrianisation has been completed recently. Ljubljana is a city that combines the old with the new in a rather harmonious fashion.

Armed with only a 76mm equivalent prime lens, I had fun looking for details of texture and form. Yes, I also took pictures of some of the more emblematic structures, but it's the work presented here that I prefer.

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