Stolnica Svetega Nikolaja (Ljubljana Cathedral), Ljubljana

Stolnica Svetega Nikolaja (Ljubljana Cathedral), Ljubljana (must see)

This location has hosted a church since the 13th century. The original church was built in the Romanesque style. Ljubljana Cathedral was refurbished several times before it was destroyed by fire in 1469.

A new Baroque cathedral was designed and completed in 1706. The cathedral features an octagonal dome and two belfries. One of the tower's bells dates to 1326. The gable between the belfries was built in 1989 to replace the original Baroque gable destroyed in an 1895 earthquake.

The cathedral's facade features various statues of bishops and saints. Niches feature Baroque frescoes. Visitors will find a sundial on the southern side.

Bronze entrance doors were created to celebrate Pope John Paul II's visit in 1996. The front door is known as the Slovene Door and features a relief created to celebrate 1,250 years of Christianity in the area. The side door is known as the Ljubljana Door and is decorated with portraits of 20th century Ljubljana bishops.

The cathedral's interior features original Baroque frescoes. The right-hand side altar angels were created by brothers Paolo and Giuseppe Groppelli. Francesco Robba created the angels on the left of the altar. Statues of the four bishops of Emona, the original Roman settlement, are seated under the dome beam.

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Sight Name: Stolnica Svetega Nikolaja (Ljubljana Cathedral)
Sight Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia (See walking tours in Ljubljana)
Sight Type: Religious
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