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Special Plečnik tour of Ljubljana launched

Ljubljana, 13 October - Architecture aficionados will have an opportunity to explore the works designed by Slovenian great Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) as a Master Builder Plečnik guided tour of Ljubljana is being introduced tomorrow. This is after Plečnik's major works in Ljubljana were included on UNESCO's world heritage list in July.

The National and University Library (NUK).
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
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The five-hour "boutique" tour takes visitors along the architect's major landmarks as well as lesser known works while providing an insight into his life.

Starting in the city centre and ending at his home in Trnovo borough, the tour makes stops at the Triple Bridge, the market place and the National and University Library, passing by less known places such as the Jože Plečnik Secondary School, Šance on Ljubljana Hill, Kiosk news stand, and Devil's Courtyard, among others.

The guides have been especially trained to bring Plečnik to life through stories and anecdotes from his life and special features such as a class at Plečnik's office at the Faculty of Architecture, drinking a cup of coffee he loved, a picnic in Plečnik's garden, and a VR experience of his works which are not accessible to all.

In this way the tour gradually portrays "the great mind of the most important Slovenian architect, whose works, vision and eye for detail have recently made Ljubljana part of the UNESCO world heritage list", said Turizem Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital's tourism board.

The project is the tourism board's collaboration with the Nea Culpa agency for tourism development and marketing and several other partners, and was financed by Slovenia and the EU.

The tour is available in Slovenian and English every Thursday, while it is also available on demand, in which case it can be carried out also in other languages.

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