The man with the renowned architectural signature
Jože Plečnik, who worked in Vienna, Prague, and Ljubljana from the late 19th century and all the way until the 1950s, left his greatest mark on Ljubljana. He managed to realise his vision to transform a once sleepy little town within the Hapsburg monarchy into the true capital city of Slovenia. Through daring architectural and urban planning projects, he transformed it into a comprehensive piece of art, while keeping in line with the local spirit despite his own excitement over Antiquity. You can also admire his works of art in other places in Slovenia.
Walk around Plečnik’s Ljubljana
The most important Slovenian architect was the student of the famous Otto Wagner, in whose atelier he worked. After a number of decades of working in Vienna and Prague, he returned to Ljubljana, where he created projects that still draw admiration. Through his non-conformist approach that did not blindly follow existing trends he ensured that his works are timeless and that they continue to draw admiration and cause lively debate at the same time.
Get to know architect Plečnik at the Moustache Tour
In the company of the Jože Plečnik himself you can ride a bike among his architectural pearls. At the Moustache Tour, in addition to playing architect Jože Plečnik, the guides, dressed in costumes, also play another two great moustached men, painter Rihard Jakopič and writer Ivan Cankar and thus you can gain an original insight into the life and work of these three significant men. The experience, which should be added to your tour list, also bears the Slovenia Unique Experience mark. You will be offered a unique, boutique and authentic experience that you will never forget.
Explore Slovenia with the help of Plečnik’s works of art
Head to different parts of Slovenia and, in addition to the natural beauty spots and the culinary offerings, explore Plečnik’s legacy too.
Church in Bogojina
The church of the Ascension of Our Lord is a mixture of influences of ancient architecture and conservation, as Plečnik preserved the elements of its predecessor from the 14th century and folk art. This church encapsulates the essence of Plečnik’s architecture impeccably.More
Plečnik’s Arcades in Kranj
When you walk through Kranj Old Town you will come across a staircase, a well and arcades designed by Plečnik for a monumental entrance to the city. Plečnik’s architecture and design can also be found in the Prešeren Theatre.More
Belvedere Pavilion in Bled
The pavilion next to Vila Bled Plečnik was designed as a “waiting room” for audiences to Alexander, King of Yugoslavia. Later on, Tito, the President of Yugoslavia, also received his high guests there. Today, Pavilion is a cafeteria with a wonderful view of Lake Bled and its surroundings.More
Mary of the Snows Chapel on Mt Krvavec
Chapel is Plečnik’s highest located work, built at 1700 m above sea level. In addition to worship held on the first Sunday following the Assumption, a blessing and a fair, offering a variety of home-made specialities, are arranged.More
n the west, in the Tolmin region, you can visit the Church of St Mary’s Call creatively adapted by the architect from its Baroque predecessor. In the Alpine part of the country, walk through Plečnik’s Park near Begunje and see a hunting lodge in Kamniška Bistrica, which was made for the ruler of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Aleksander Karađorđević.
In eastern Slovenia, even more Plečnik masterpieces await you. In Celje, he designed the People’s Savings Bank, today occupied by Banka Celje. In Zgornja Rečica near Laško, he cooperated on the construction of a church dedicated to the Blessed Anton Martin Slomšek, and in Maribor he renovated Slomšek Square.
The exceptional creative opus of the genius Jože Plečnik has been nominated by the Republic of Slovenia and Czechia for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Come and take a cultural stroll through Slovenia
Take a stroll through Ljubljana and other Slovenian towns and cities and explore architectural and other incredible creations by Slovenian architects and artists. Explore UNESCO heritage and the iconic images of Slovenia.