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Inventors honoured as streets renamed in Ljubljana

Ljubljana, 23 May - Ljubljana will rename several of its streets and parks to honour eminent personalities that made a mark on its past. One of the streets will also be dedicated to fathers, the City Council decided on Monday.

Trubarjeva Street
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

A street in the city's medical quarter will be named after doctor Matevž Faust Gradišek, who founded the first medical school in Slovenian lands in 1808 and had great success with homoeopathic treatment of cholera.

German car industry pioneer Carl Benz will get a street in Ljubljana's Kodeljevo borough, while Naples-born Slovenian inventor Anton Codelli, who in 1898 brought the first car to Ljubljana, will get a park nearby.

A park in the Koseze borough will be named after Swedish-born industrialist Gustav Tönnies (1814-1886), whose company built a lot of the city's infrastructure and buildings.

The city authorities have also decided to honour fathers with a street close to the maternity hospital in a bid to emphasise the paternal role in society.

The park opposite the maternity hospital will be renamed Park of Rights as a tribute to the protesters killed by police in April 1920 in a campaign to prevent a mass protest march on the town.

© STA, 2016