Kongresni trg square
Kongresni (Congress) trg Square is an historical Baroque piazza uniting some of the city’s most beautiful buildings and popular attractions—yet it’s best known as a place to relax. Built in 1821 just a street over from the main area of old town, the peaceful square and verdant Star Park (Park Zvezda) that sits in its middle offer locals and visitors a quiet place to eat, read, and soak in views of the city’s iconic hilltop castle.
Slovenia’s main cultural and congress centre, Cankarjev dom (named after Slovenia’s greatest writer, Ivan Cankar) is annually visited by half a million art lovers, congress delegates and social event attendees. Since 198, Cankarjev dom attracted more than sixteen million visitors, it annually hosts around 18,000 different performers, including top-class artists who enjoy worldwide renown.
Novi trg square
Novi (New) trg square is one of the oldest squares in Ljubljana, mentioned already in 13th century. Nowadays the Novi Trg Square represents the gentry part of Ljubljana, marked by palaces and the seats of important institutions as well as the masterpieces of renowned Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. It sits in the“golden triangle” of special venues on the left bank of the River Ljubljanica – the Križanke Open Air Theatre, the City Museum of Ljubljana, and the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
The site of today’s beautiful Slovenian Philharmonic building on the Kongresni trg Square was for decades dominated by the old “Stanovsko” – the State Theatre. It burned down completely in 1887.
Later, the restored building was inaugurated in 2001, while on 8 January 2003, on the three hundredth anniversary of the first documented performances, the newly installed organ resounded in the Great Hall for the first time.