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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Paulina Belenitsky (8 months ago)
Compostela point church Beautiful organ music
Yossi Ezra (9 months ago)
The church is located in the historic center not far from the climb to the castle, was built in 1615
Olga Lyoka (10 months ago)
Old church with its charm and amazing sound of pipe organs
Andrea Nori (15 months ago)
That's quite a nice church, both the outside and inside
Gregor Zupan (5 years ago)
Excellent acoustics and many free concerts.
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