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Ljubljana gets Belgrade, Sarajevo and Swedish street

Ljubljana, 19 January - Ljubljana city councillors named several streets, parks and a square in the capital on Monday evening as they passed the city budget. A blind alley in the BTC shopping district is now called Belgrade Street, the road leading to Mosque Street is Sarajevo Street, and the one leading to the new Ikea store is Swedish Street.

Ljubljana
Town Hall.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

The names were proposed by a commission and councillors backed its proposals.

Belgrade Street (Beograjska Ulica) runs from a roundabout in Letališka Street towards the ring road towards the north-west and ends after 235 metres with a fence.

Swedish Street (Švedska Ulica) is the main road leading to the new Ikea store, while Sarajevo Street (Sarajevska Ulica) in the Bežigrad borough runs from Mosque Street (Džamijska Ulica) north towards the Railway Museum.

Several other streets were also named yesterday, including after mathematician Ivan Vidav, and Alojz Kajin, the fighter and commander of the Ljubljana brigade that liberated the city on 9 May 1945.

Two streets were named after female Slovenians - singer Marjana Deržaj and painter Metka Krašovec.

A street near the plot of the planned new National and University Library in Ljubljana (NUK II) was named Hieronimus Street after the author of the first Latin translation of the Bible who had correspondence with the people of Emona, the Roman era Ljubljana.

In Rakova Jelša, a street in an emerging new housing complex will be named after a deity of the prehistoric people living in pile dwellings in the Ljubljana marshes, Equorna Street (Ulica Ekvorna).

Two parks were named after the neighbourhoods they are in and a square between the church and presbytery on the intersection of Zaloška and Zadobrovška streets is now called Virgin Mary Square (Trg Device Marije).

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