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Prešeren Square


Dec 16, 2021

Prešeren Square (Slovene: Prešernov trg) is the central square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is part of the old town’s pedestrian zone and a major meeting point where festivals (like the annual Ljubljana Dragon Carnival[1]), concerts, sports, political events, and protests take place. It was renovated in 2007.[2][3]

View towards the eastern side of the square (2020). The Prešeren Monument stands at the eastern side of the square. The building behind it is the Central Pharmacy. There are three birches in front of it. On the left, the front facade of the Urbanc House and a part of the front facade of the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation are visible. The street between the Central Pharmacy and the Urbanc House is Trubar Street. On the right, the Ljubljanica flows past the square.

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Lying in front of the medieval town’s entrance, the square is a funnel-shaped hub of streets that run from it into different directions.

To the south, across the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), it is connected to Stritar Street (Stritarjeva ulica), which leads through a symbolic town gate formed by the Kresija Palace and Philip Mansion towards the city’s town hall at the foothills of the Castle Hill.

Prešeren Square viewed from Ljubljana Castle (2006)

To the northwest, it is connected to Čop Street (Čopova ulica), which leads towards the Central Post Office and the Nama department store. To the north, Miklosich Street (Miklošičeva cesta) runs past a number of notable Secessionist buildings beginning with the Urbanc House, towards the Ljubljana railway station. Between Čop Street and Miklosich Street stand Ljubljana–Center Franciscan Monastery and the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation.

To the west, Wolf Street (Wolfova ulica) leads past the Mayer department store presently housing an office of Bank Austria and an outdoor cafe, towards Congress Square (Kongresni trg). On the southwest, the Hribar Embankment leads upstream the Ljubljanica past Mansion Square (Dvorni trg) towards Zois Mansion and St. James’s Bridge.

To the east, past the Central Pharmacy building, the picturesque Trubar Street (Trubarjeva ulica) leads towards the Dragon Bridge. Parallel to the Ljubljanica River, the Petkovšek Embankment runs towards St. Peter’s Church.[4]

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