Art Nouveau in Ljubljana

Photo: Luka Dakskobler

Ljubljana is a part of a network of 20 Art Nouveau cities worldwide.

Art nouveau, the new artistic style that left its mark on many European cities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, is known under various names and includes several variants. In Slovenia, Secession architecture  began to develop in parallel with Vienna, during the reconstruction of Ljubljana following the 1895 earthquake. The majority of Secession-style buildings were built between 1901 and 1909. Several dozen examples of Secession architecture appeared in Ljubljana, befitting its status as a provincial capital. The most important of these are located on Miklošičeva Cesta between Prešeren Square and Miklošič Park and between Slovenska Cesta and Njegoševa Cesta. The style is typified by the façades of these buildings, particularly their decoration, and, more rarely, by their interiors. A type of residential building common during the Secession period was an apartment building with large windows in the living rooms and public rooms and details such as balconies, verandas and covered terraces.

The first true Secession-style façade in Ljubljana (and in Slovenia) was created by the architect Max Fabiani , who was responsible for a number of buildings representative of this style in Ljubljana.

Text by Tanja Glogovčan