December 20, 2018
In 1861 the painter Ivana Kobilica, one of the most famous Slovenian artists of all time, was born in Ljubljana.
Ivana Kobilica managed to achieve what her male colleagues only dreamt of: she had several exhibitions at the prestigious Paris Salon and became an associate member of the French National Association of Fine Arts. She lived and worked in many of the European capitals, including Vienna, Munich, Paris, Sarajevo, and Berlin, but returned to Ljubljana at the beginning of the WWI.
After the so-called Munich period during which brownish colours prevailed in her paintings, purple, blue and green took over during her Paris period, which were joined by white during her Berlin phase. Her opus is characterised by depictions of family members and children, portraits of bourgeoisie of Ljubljana and, above all, flowers.
Many of her most iconic paintings are part of the permanent exhibition of Slovenian National Gallery.
Ivana Kobilica was also the only woman depicted on a 5,000 Slovenian Tolar bill before Slovenia switched to the euro.
December 18, 2018
In 1970 actor the Stane Sever died in Ribnica on Pohorje.
Sever was a legend of the Slovenian theatre, television and cinema. He performed in many classics, including the first Slovenian talkie On Our Own Land (Na svoji zemlji), Good luck, Kekec! (Srečno, kekec!) and Vesna. In these movies Stane Sever played Drejc, a beggar and math teacher (Vesna's dad), respectively.
December 17, 2018
In 1931 the fourth tram line started operating between the train station and Vič in Ljubljana. Part of the route went through Šelenburgova street (today’s Slovenska), which had as a result moved Ljubljana’s main promenade to Aleksandrova street (today’s Cankarjeva), between the post office and Tivoli Park.
At the beginning of the 20th century Ljubljana’s promenade began on today's Čopova street then went past the post office on Slovenska, through Congress square (Kongresni trg) and back to the Town Square (Mestni trg). With the change of venue to Cankarjeva after the new tram line, it got an extension to Tivoli Park and even further for meetings and assignations that would prefer some privacy.
The promenade was a place to meet and debate, but also a place to show off. Hats, gloves and walking sticks were a mandatory part of a gentlemen’s outfit. It started after 4pm during the week and after 11am on Sundays, when it was especially ceremonial and classy, with a brass band playing and the best fashions of Ljubljana on display.
The promenade disappeared completely at the beginning of the 1960s, when the streets became jammed with traffic rather than walkers, and the citizens of Ljubljana begun spending their days off outside the city in the coastal towns of Piran and Portorož.
Get to Know the 17 Historical Towns of Slovenia
There are many ways to plan a trip around Slovenia and lenses through which to view it, and one way to explore the country is through its historic towns. But how to choose these in a land that’s got so many? One way is by turning to the work of the Association of Historical Towns (and Cities) of Slovenia (Združenje zgodovinskih mest Slovenije), a group that includes 17 mostly medieval towns sited around the country, each of which has its own story to tell, with the full list being Idrija, Jesenice, Kamnik, Koper, Kostanjevica na Krki, Kranj, Metlika, Novo mesto, Piran, Ptuj, Radovljica, Slovenske Konjice, Škofja Loka, Tržič, and Žužemberk.
STA, 25 October 2018 - Slovenians will observe Sovereignty Day on Thursday, remembering 25 October in 1991, when the last Yugoslav People's Army soldiers left Slovenian territory four months after the end of the Independence War.
Earlier this year, just before the summer season started, the City Museum of Ljubljana opened a new permanent exhibition called Ljubljana. History. City. This presents a chronological look at the history of the land the city now stands on, from prehistoric times and the Pile Dwellers, who made the world’s oldest wooden wheel with an axle, up to the end of the 20th century, when Ljubljana became the capital of an independent Slovenia.
June 30, 2018
In 1889 the statue of the first Slovenian poet, Valentin Vodnik (1758 -1819), was shown to the world for the first time in front of the Ljubljana Lyceum.
This was a big event with tribunes being installed and tickets sold to the public. After the imperial headmaster Wiesthaler gave his key speech, the statue was unveiled with a cannon salvo rumbling from the Castle and a two-hundred-head choir singing “To Vodnik”, the ceremonial cantata of Ipavec and Funtke.
After the ceremony a banquet was held at the Reading Garden for more important guests, while the commoners from Šiška gathered at Vodnik’s birth house (Vodnikova domačija), where a folk party took place with a brass band, singers in folk costumes and acrobatic performers.
Six years later the Lyceum was damaged in the Ljubljana earthquake and eventually pulled down. Vodnik Square emerged in its place, and with it vegetable market of the Ljubljana Central Marketplace. In addition to the square, the man also gives his name to a nearby restaurant, Vodnikov Hram.