Congress Square, Ljubljana

Congress Square, Ljubljana

Congress Square was built on the site where a Capuchin monastery stood in medieval times. Congress Square was built in 1821 and was used in ceremonies for the Congress of Ljubljana. After the congress, the area was used as Star Park. The area was named Revolution Square during the communist era. Later, it was called Liberation Square before returning to the Congress Square name.

The square has been the site of several historical events. Leaders announced independence from Austria-Hungarian rule on October 29, 1918. This announcement created the State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs. Yugoslav Communist leader Josip Tito made a speech facing the square in 1945.

A demonstration in the square in June 1988 led to Slovenia's independence in 1991. U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Congress Square in 1999.

Many interesting buildings are located in the square. The Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity was built during the 1700s in Baroque style. The Casino Building was built in 1837 in the Neoclassical style. The Slovenian Philharmonic building and the University of Ljubljana's rectorate are also located in the square.

Several renditions of a statue dedicated to Austrian field marshal Joseph Radetzky have stood in the square. The statue now stands in the National Museum.

Slovene architect Joze Plecnik renovated the square in the 1930s. He added a memorial to women who protested against the imprisonment of Slovene patriots. An anchor was placed in the square in 1954 to celebrate Slovenian unification. Several other landmarks stand in the square. Visitors will find a fountain designed by Boris Kobe, a replica of a Roman monument found in nearby ruins, and an 1830s bandstand.

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Congress Square on Map

Sight Name: Congress Square
Sight Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia (See walking tours in Ljubljana)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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