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Ljubljana owes much of its beauty to the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (18721957), whose work has put a firm stamp on this city just as Gaudí defines Barcelona and Haussman has marked Paris. His genius lay in the way he replanned the town, with vistas and great open spaces. A former colleague of arch-Secessionist Otto Wagner in Vienna, Plečnik worked in Prague remodeling its castle before returning to his native city in 1921. Here he began transforming Ljubljana, a backwater of the Austro-Hungarian empire for 400 years, into the Slovene capital it had become at the end of World War I, when the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later known as Yugoslavia) was created. He built bridges (most strikingly the Tromostovje, or Triple Bridge, that has become a symbol of the city), churches, the superb university library, and a cemetery, all in a distinctive and original neoclassical-meets-Art Deco style.
This splendid church was built in 1936 at the edge of Tivoli Park. The bright, creamy yellow exterior is compact and Eastern-influenced. The dark interior is...more