Ljubljana’s Plečnik architectural landmarks protected by UNESCO

The landmarks of Ljubljana, designed by the world-renowned architect Jože Plečnik, are now protected by UNESCO.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) recognised seven Plečnik’s works in Ljubljana, including the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), Congress Square (Kongresni trg), and Žale Cemetery,  as an exceptional example of urban space design reflecting architect’s deeply human vision, which transformed a former empire’s provincial town into a symbolic capital of a nation. »The architect Jože Plečnik contributed to this transformation with his personal, profoundly human vision for the city, based on an architectural dialogue with the older city while serving the needs of emerging modern 20th century society,« UNESCO commented on the occasion.

The decision reaffirms Ljubljana’s continuous efforts in bringing Plečnik’s heritage closer to both Slovenians and foreign visitors, leisure as well as business guests. In the recent years, several projects by Ljubljana Tourism have been implemented in order to promote Plečnik’s legacy. The internationally awarded Moustache Tour explores the lives of three famous Slovenian artists, architect Jože Plečnik, writer Ivan Cankar and painter Rihard Jakopič. While the walking tour Plečnik at First Glance and Plečnik Cycling Route has long been within the most popular Ljubljana tours, the newest addition – free self-guided audio tour Plecnik’s visions – aims to uncover the ambitious yet unrealized Plečnik’s city projects. Additionally, the permanent exhibition at the Plečnik’s House museum showcases his unique approach to life and work.

For more on Plečnik’s Ljubljana and Plečnik’s tours by Ljubljana Tourism visit www.visitljubljana.com.

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