Old Photos: Ljubljana After the Earthquake

By , 14 Apr 2018, 10:22 AM Lifestyle
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The disaster struck 123 years ago today. 

One hundred and twenty-three years ago to the day, April 14 1895, Easter Sunday, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Ljubljana, although the epicentre was some 16 km away, in Janče. The destruction was so great that the rebuilding efforts changed the architecture, layout and character of the city in significant ways, with traces of the event still clearly visible to those familiar with what came before and after.

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Comparison of five strongest earthquakes in Slovenia region: 1511 (Idrija), 1895 (Ljubljana), 1926 (Cerknica), 1976 (Friuli) and 1998 (Upper Soca valley); cartography: M. Zivcic, P. Zupancic – Slovenian Environment Agency; Reference No. 6. For the source click here.

Note that many of these photographs were taken by Wilhelm Helfer, while the authors of the others are unknown, and all were found on the wonderful resource that is Wikipedia.

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This bridge was later replaced by the Three Bridges

 

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Possibly Novi trg, before the removal of the houses at the end of the square or the placement of the fountain

 

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I've read that people in Trnovo slept in "cabbage barrels" after the earthquake, and perhaps some evidence for this is shown here

 

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The church in today's Prešeren Square, and the start of Trubarjeva cesta (the square was for Mary in those days)

 

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Mestni trg / Town Square

 

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Damaged goods

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The human cost

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Gosposka ulica

 

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An absolute unit of a building

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