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Church of St. James, Ljubljana

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St. James's Parish Church (župnijska cerkev sv. Jakoba, šentjakobska cerkev) is a church in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is dedicated to St. James the Greater. Its name is often incorrectly translated as St. Jacob's because Slovene, like many other languages, uses the same word for both James and Jacob.In the late 1920s, the square in front of the church was renovated by the Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, and in the early 1950s by the architect Boris Kobe. Opposite St. James's Church is Gruber Mansion, which houses the Slovenian National Archives.HistoryThe church was built in the Baroque style between 1613 and 1615 on the site of an older Gothic style church, erected in the early 15th century by the Augustinian Order. In 1598, the old church was acquired by the Jesuits and thus became the first Jesuit church in the Slovene Lands and one of the first in the Inner Austria. The interior was designed by the Italian architect Francesco Robba, who designed the main altar, and the Slovene stonemason Luka Mislej, who designed the entrance portal and the stone side altars. After the Ljubljana earthquake of 1895, the church was renovated by the Linz-based architect Raimund Jeblinger and the interiors were redesigned by Janez Šubic. Nevertheless, much of the original Baroque style has remained intact.
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  • How fortunate that we had a few minutes to use before our dinner in that area of town. We visited the church at dusk and the steeple outside was gleaming against a darker sky. The entry to this church...  more »
  • This church isn't in the greatest state of repair, but is well worth seeking out as it has some very nice - if simple - stained glass and the ceiling frescoes are good to view. The yellow outside with...  more »
  • Church is a mixture of stiles. Medieval part of building nearly disappeared. Church is Baroque structure with many fine altars. Main altar is work of Francesco Robba. Side chapel with stucco work and ...  more »

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