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Church of St. James, Ljubljana: 6 reviews and 13 photos

St James Church was built by Jesuits between 1613 and 1615 on the site next to the former Jesuit monastery (Ljubljana's first college of theology, philosophy, medicine and music), which was previously occupied by an old Gothic church. The Jesuits' early Baroque hall church was thoroughly rebuilt around 1701. Its new altar and statues were sculpted between 1728 and 1732 by Francesco Robba, who lived in the vicinity of the church. After the earthquake of 1895, the church's two belfries had to be pulled down and a single new belfry (the highest in Ljubljana) was built in their place. The octangular Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, modelled on Venetian architecture and extravagantly decorated with ornate plasterwork, was added to the church between 1667 and 1670. The chapel boasts a famous altar built between 1709 and 1720, which is adorned with Paolo Groppelli's statues of archangels and Jacopo Contieri's statues of Europe and Africa.

Address: Gornji trg 18, 1000 Ljubljana
Directions: Next to the Slovene Ministry Building
Website: http://zupnija-lj-sv-jakob.rkc.si/

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  • Written Aug 9, 2006
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