Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja)

Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), Ljubljana

Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja)

Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja)
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark2,149 contributions
- if mrs. god is everywhere -
Aug 2021
If mrs. god is everywhere you don’t have to pay the €2 entrance fee to meet her in the somewhat posh cathedral of Ljubljana. A short glimpse inside revealed lots of gold and religious bling-bling.

The entrance door, however, is a fine peace of art.
Written August 30, 2021
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Steven S
Minneapolis, MN995 contributions
Jan 2020
A very beautiful baroque style church in the old town. It is truly breathtakingly beautiful.See the pictures. A must see!! also you can buy a vial of holy water for 50 cents at the mini gift shop which I thought was cool!!
Written August 15, 2020
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Steve D
Divonne-les-Bains, France604 contributions
First to see is the Bronze doors
Feb 2020 • Solo
Impressive outside but much more impressive inside.
Clearly you need your camera it’s real chance to photos of pretty ornate decor from the altar to the organ.
One of the main things to see here

Written February 20, 2020
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6,675 contributions
Stunning baroque church
Aug 2019
The Ljubljana Cathedral is an impressive baroque edifice built in the early eighteenth century under the capuchin friar Florentianus Ponnensis's design. On the site where now the Cathedral stands there was a romanesque church which unfortunately got burnt in the sixties of the fourteenth century. The temple was reconstructed in gothic style but again it was destroyed by blazes about one century later than the fire having caught the previous romanesque church.
The Cathedral is an undeniable landmark of the city mainly due to its green dome and its twin towers somewhat reminding those of the Salzburg Cathedral. It stands at Ciril-Metodov trg, by the Ljubljana Central Market and the Town Hall. The mentioned dome is octagonal shaped and located just above the church Latin crossing. It has a cupola at its center whose colours and shape are like those of the dome. On the top thereof there is a gilded cross. The whole ensemble is really beautiful. The church towers are square shaped up tu the belfry stories, those ones being octagonal and on the top of them there are also green little cupolas ornamented with gilded apples. The sight of the dome and the towers form an aesthetically pleasing pattern which, beheld from above, for example, from the castle, constitutes a fantastic view. The façades of the church are ornamented with niches containing frescoes and other interesting elements. Worth seeing is the brightly decorated gothic pietà in the western part of the building, which consists in a copy of one which used to be in the erstwhile gothic cathedral.
The entrance bronze sculptured doors from 1996 are spectacular. On the front door a relief by Tone Denšar can be observed. It depicts some scenes calling up a few events concerning Slovenian History. On the side door, designed by Mirsad Begić some effigies of several twentieth century Ljubljana bishops are cast.
The interior is stunning. It's a single nave temple with several side chapels. The nave is a large one. Upon entering the church through the front door one is certainly charmed at the splendid view appearing before his eyes. The rich decoration of the entire inner space is unique. On each side of the temple just before the chapels next to the chancel there are small side organs on their respective platforms the balustrades of which are of dark wood decorated with much taste with gilded ornaments. Under that on the left hand side looking at the high altar there is the pulpit also made of dark wood bearing the same type of decoration as the balustrades. The whole is very attractive.
All the paintings in the church reveal a great delicacy in their execution. Much of the original baroque decor remains. It includes some frescoes by Giulio Quaglio. The frescoes on the cupola by Matevž Langus may be deemed as a marvel among such a kind of paintings. The depiction there refers to the Holy Spirit and some angels while the frescoes on the walls of the dome depict the coronation of the Virgin and St. Nicholas surrounded by angels and saints. All the sculptures in the Cathedral are beautiful and were carried out with a perfect command of the art, especially a pietà which is over one of the side altars. That sculpture, apart from the Virgin and the dead body of Christ, portrays also a little angel kissing one of the latter's hands, act which is attentively observed by Mary.
The great beauty of the white marble statues of angels on the altars situated on each side of the transept is outstanding. That on the right part of the nave is a work of the brothers Paolo and Giuseppe Gropelli, and those on the left were made by Francesco Robba. Between the latters there is a very nice shrine behind which there is a beautiful painting depicting the Adoration of the Magic Kings.
The chancel is extraordinary. Apart from the high altar, the splendidly ornamented chair stalls and the fantastic chandelier hanging from the dome, the painting behind the central chair and the frame thereof are likewise elements of a great value and beauty woth being observed.
In many side chapels there are busts of the present Pope. This was so at least on the day I visited the church, August 18th 2019. Because of their particular location they disturb somehow the contemplation of some masterpieces housed in that church. The bad taste deriving from the fact of having placed the mentioned busts in such a way is unquestionable. If the busts concerned haven't yet been removed put away it would be rather wise to do so.
The Ljubljana Cathedral is a monumental building which cannot but be admired by all sensible people. It should therefore be visited by everyone going to the capital city of Slovenia and much attention should be paid to every single detail of both the outer and the inner parts of that building.
Written February 4, 2020
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Montgomery, TX305 contributions
Absolutely Beautiful
Jan 2020
Stopped in this church after a tour of Ljubljana. I am so glad I did. It is absolutely beautiful inside. 2 Euro to go in and worth every cent.
Written January 28, 2020
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Singapore, Singapore651 contributions
Main Cathedral of Ljubljana
Dec 2019
The main cathedral of Ljubljana. Not as grand as other cathedrals around Europe but still worth a visit as they're the main one. Good to check the opening timing before you visit because they're not always open and they charge an entrance fee to the interior.

The interior structure is really nice and inspiring, and they have seats for you to reflect and take in the atmosphere. I would say that they're not as tourist friendly as they still use the church for worship, so do take note and be courteous when you're inside.
Written January 15, 2020
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta1,837 contributions
Beautiful... well worth a visit
Nov 2019
Centrally located, the Cathedral of St Nicholas is an easily recognisable landmark of the city with its green dome and twin towers. For a small entrance fee of €2, inside you will find a beautifully decorated church with lots paintings, frescoes, sculptures and other ornaments. The main altar is stunning. On my visit I was lucky that there was also an exhibition of sculptures of Pope Francis which were interesting to see as I went round the chapels. Well worth a visit.
Written December 9, 2019
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Sydney, Australia7,382 contributions
Cathedral carrying the history of Slovenia
Oct 2019
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas is a landmark building in Ljubljana. The green dome and the classical twin towers can direct you to the Cyril Methodius Square on the right bank of Ljubljanica River, in the heart of the Old City. On the same spot, a church stood already from the 13th century, but after several fires, possibly the Turks burnt it down to the ground in 1469. In the early 18th century a Gothic-style church was erected and later was replaced with a baroque building.
From outside the cathedral is quite ordinary, only the outstanding bronze doors on the western and southern sides make this church special. Mostly the main entrance door with a relief depicting the history of Slovenia. The sculptor was Tone Demšar. There are also several carved statues in the niches of the wall, and bright colored murals, that maybe aren’t important to the knowledgeable, but I found them charming. When you step inside the magnificent splendor of pink marble, gilded columns, white stucco, baroque frescoes, and gilt everywhere are welcoming you. From the frescoes especially the dome fresco painted by Matevž Langus is important. Don’t miss the striking pipe organ, the delicately carved choir stalls, and the imposing angels of Robba in the left part of the nave.
The Cathedral closed in between 12.00 and 15.00
Written November 7, 2019
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Janet T
New York City, NY473 contributions
Not able to visit
Oct 2019
We were very disappointed we were NOT able to see the church. It is locked unless there is a service. We were there while they were serving Mass however they did not allow visitors, which i agree. When mass was over there was a CHARGE to enter the church. As a Catholic I strongly disagree with this policy so we did not pay to visit.
Written October 22, 2019
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Harrogate, UK460 contributions
Sep 2019
Well worth going in when you visit the city. I would even suggest it is a must see. Set in the heart of the old area the doors themselves are worth it just to see the work that has gone into making them.
Written October 15, 2019
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