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"Presernov trg (Preseren Square)" Prešeren Square - Preseren Trg Tip by sim.sim

Presernov trg is as central as it gets in Ljubljana. It's named after France Preseren (1800-1849), who was Slovenia's most loved poet and also wrote the national anthem, which, so typical for Slovenians, starts with a verse about drinking wine. But that's not what you wanted to know about Presernov trg, right?
Once there, take a look at the PRESEREN STATUE - there he is, the handsome guy with a muse above him, put onto the square in 1905 if I remember correctly and if you ask me, one of the statues that actually look good. Nowadays, the base of the statue serves as a meeting spot for the young in Slovenia, one can sit there, and it actually is a nice feeling to sit there and watch the people passing by, or the castle on the top of the hill to the south.
Once there was a plain simple bridge in Ljubljana, but along came Joze Plecnik and added two additional bridges for pedestrians on each side, making it a lovely attraction and and something not every city has: TROMOSTOVJE (The Triple Bridge)
On the other side of the square is the pink FRANCISCAN CHURCH, something that one can't miss when visiting a square. People say it's interior is beautiful as well, but I was only in there once and it looks like any other church to me. :-P
Other interesting buildings on the square include the first Slovenian supermarket that had an escalator - Centromerkur; the central pharmacy, if you're in need of anything; the adorable building of the posh hotel Union behind the Franciscan Church, and a couple of other interesting examples of Ljubljana's architecture. Ton the west of the square in the corner, there is a model of the city centre that you might find useful. It doesn't have any signs or anything on it, though...Across the bridge, on the way to the open-air market is the TIC, Tourist Information Centre.

Address: City centre

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  • Updated Apr 16, 2003
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