St. James' Church

Ljubljana, Slovenia

St. James's Parish Church was built in the Baroque style between 1613 and 1615 on the site of an older Gothic style church, erected in the early 15th century by the Augustinian Order. In 1598, the old church was acquired by the Jesuits and thus became the first Jesuit church in the Slovene Lands and one of the first in the Inner Austria. The interior was designed by the Italian architect Francesco Robba, who designed the main altar, and the Slovene stonemason Luka Mislej, who designed the entrance portal and the stone side altars. After the Ljubljana earthquake of 1895, the church was renovated by the Linz-based architect Raimund Jeblinger and the interiors were redesigned by Janez Šubic. Nevertheless, much of the original Baroque style has remained intact.

On the side of the church there is a column erected in 1682 to commemorate the Habsburg victory against the Ottoman Turks in the Battle of Saint Gotthard. The column, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was designed by the Salzburg-based artist Wolf Weisskirchner upon the plan by Johann Weikhard von Valvasor.

In the late 1920s, the square in front of the church was renovated by the Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, and in the early 1950s by the architect Boris Kobe. Opposite St. James's Church is the Gruber Palace, which houses the Slovenian National Archives.

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Founded: 1613-1615
Category: Religious sites in Slovenia

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Unknown Person (7 months ago)
Beautiful building.
Gabriel Líška (14 months ago)
Nice Church
DWB (16 months ago)
Beautiful
Marcos Westphalen (2 years ago)
I'VE EXPERIENCED THIS CHURCH FROM THE OUTSIDE ONLY. IT HAS A NICE TOWER TO PHOTOGRAPH WHILE WALKING UP THE HILL TO LJUBLJANA'S CASTLE.
Miha Rus (5 years ago)
Second concert with title "In memoriam 1914–2014" in eternal memory of countless victims of 1st WW and of all wars since and before. String orchestra Cantabile with mixed choirs Adoramus from Logatec, Stanko Premrl from Podnanos and Youth mixed choir from Rovte. With unforgetable music of Shostakovich, Albinoni, Gallus and young norvegian composer Ola Gjeilo.
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