Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Cathedral of St. Nicholas
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,065 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Cathedral to visit
    Nice cathedral to visit in the heart of Ljubljana, from outside architecture is eye catching, but Cathedral has many striking features from the bronze doors when you first enter. Once in design of cathedral is unique, smaller compared to larger cities but you would expect that. Overall nice cathedral to visit in the heart of the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia5,687 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely church. Entrance hard to find when the doors are closed.
    We had walked around this and past it while looking at the other things in the old town area before visiting the cathedral. We weren't quite sure how to get in or if it was open as we weren't exactly sure of the entrance. I tried the most likely door and found it was the entrance to an exceptionally beautiful church. It had a shiny part on the door where a lot of use had polished the handle. The church is a stunning example of the baroque style that had been in its current existence since the 18th century with a church being on the site from the 13th century. We were getting a bit churched out from all the churches seen in the previous 25 days but this was one of the better ones. A lady from the little shop was kind enough to give me some details about the church and tell me about the patron saint of the church as well which was nice. Well worth a visit. I loved the brass doors as they had lovely reliefs on them.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,470 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pretty and short visit
    This is not a “wow” cathedral when in Europe compared to so many others. It is one you should still visit when in town. A quick stop that will not cost a lot and is still very pretty inside. It’s much more simple when compared to so many other ornate options but yet not so much so as to be uninteresting. Detailed frescoes are painted on the ceiling, with gold trim and a designed organ. Also check out some of the most unique doors we've seen on a cathedral
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Ferrisnc
    New York City, New York67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cathedral is worth visiting
    Beautiful cathedral just beside the market square with many interesting features described in previous reviews. Note that as of May 2024 the price is €3 to visit, but well worth it in my opinion. I’m surprised that there has been no mention of the “lazy” leaning figure with his arm resting on a shelf and supporting his head on his hand. Quite unique. I tried to translate the Latin inscription but couldn’t make sense of it. Like others, it’s a bit unnerving to view all of the opulence knowing that the living conditions of the population at the time of construction.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2024
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia13,650 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I have an aversion to paying to enter a religious building. This Cathedral is open quite limited hours, especially on a Tuesday, and does charge. So external was enough for me.
Written 4 June 2024
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Ferrisnc
New York City, NY67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful cathedral just beside the market square with many interesting features described in previous reviews. Note that as of May 2024 the price is €3 to visit, but well worth it in my opinion.
I’m surprised that there has been no mention of the “lazy” leaning figure with his arm resting on a shelf and supporting his head on his hand. Quite unique. I tried to translate the Latin inscription but couldn’t make sense of it. Like others, it’s a bit unnerving to view all of the opulence knowing that the living conditions of the population at the time of construction.
Written 31 May 2024
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mzzyap
Philippines3,374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We did a full circle around this church before we could find the entrance. Perseverance paid off. What a beautiful church that we've never heard about.
Written 10 May 2024
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2171
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Wow!
Did not expect this!
Beautiful!
This is well worth visiting and paying the small €2 to enter!
It is so awe inspiring, and beautiful.
Written 22 April 2024
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is not a “wow” cathedral when in Europe compared to so many others. It is one you should still visit when in town. A quick stop that will not cost a lot and is still very pretty inside. It’s much more simple when compared to so many other ornate options but yet not so much so as to be uninteresting. Detailed frescoes are painted on the ceiling, with gold trim and a designed organ. Also check out some of the most unique doors we've seen on a cathedral
Written 16 October 2023
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,687 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We had walked around this and past it while looking at the other things in the old town area before visiting the cathedral.
We weren't quite sure how to get in or if it was open as we weren't exactly sure of the entrance. I tried the most likely door and found it was the entrance to an exceptionally beautiful church. It had a shiny part on the door where a lot of use had polished the handle.
The church is a stunning example of the baroque style that had been in its current existence since the 18th century with a church being on the site from the 13th century.
We were getting a bit churched out from all the churches seen in the previous 25 days but this was one of the better ones.
A lady from the little shop was kind enough to give me some details about the church and tell me about the patron saint of the church as well which was nice.
Well worth a visit. I loved the brass doors as they had lovely reliefs on them.
Written 1 September 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Nice cathedral to visit in the heart of Ljubljana, from outside architecture is eye catching, but Cathedral has many striking features from the bronze doors when you first enter.

Once in design of cathedral is unique, smaller compared to larger cities but you would expect that.

Overall nice cathedral to visit in the heart of the city.
Written 24 August 2023
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,634 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The current cathedral (and the two bell towers) date back to the 18th century, but a church already stood on this site in the 13th century. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Nicolas, protector against floods and patron saint of the fishermen and boatmen who have long come to the market to sell their catch.

The current cathedral was designed by Andrea Pozzo in 1701. Its interiors are famous for frescoes, depicting miraculous moments in the life of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of all seafaring people and it is particularly rich in Baroque sculpture.

It has two entrances with two large bronze doors, both with significant sculptures. One, the one facing the river, is decorated with sculptures that tell the story of the city while the other, the one facing the square, celebrates six important religious figures, it seemed to me a very unusual door.

The two impressive bronze doors were a 1996 addition to celebrate the visit of Pope John Paul II, the main one (in front of the Episcopal Palace) traces the history of 1250 years of Christianity in Slovenia.

The main door, (now renamed the Slovene door) shows how Slovenian history began with the linden tree from which life sprouted with the story of the Slovenes. This door is full of symbolisms and traces their history from the original Roman settlement, to the introduction of Christianity in the 9th century, to Crusaders and Ottomans going to battle, to Slovenes going into a cave and entering the dark 20th century with two world wars followed by communism. At the top of the door, Pope John Paul II peers from a window.

The side door, now named the Ljubljana Door, was redesigned by Mirsad Begić , who decorated them with portraits of the 20th-century bishops of Ljubljana. To be honest, I found this door a bit creepy.

In the foreground is the body of the tormented Jesus Christ. Behind it are three-dimensional images of six Ljubljana bishops lined up in a row. The holy fathers bowed in bronze silence over the body of Jesus lying in front of them. I also read that the Bishops are not arranged in chronological order. I had to wonder why.

The interior (entrance fee €2) is majestic with pink marble, stucco, gilding and Baroque frescoes, as well as a fine choir, an imposing organ and a beautiful high altar.

The cathedral is easily accessible, it is located right in the heart of the city, a stone's throw from the triple bridge. In any case I would recommend to visit it even if only because it is the only Cathedral in Ljubljana and it is really in the centre.
Written 19 June 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A church has been at this site since the 13th century, although the present Baroque building was only consecrated in the 18th century. In true Baroque fashion, the exterior is lavishly decorated. Niches around the building contain statues of saints, bishops and a Gothic Pieta. Several of the entrances have bronze plated doors and embellished with scenes in high relief. One of which features a scene of six bishops, lamenting over the wrapped body of Jesus.

Unfortunately, the church has limited access for visitors, so I only got a glimpse inside.
Written 12 May 2023
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StuartM1982
Starachowice, Poland81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Lovely both outside and inside. Plenty to see of the beautiful decor in every single part of the cathedral - the decoration on the ceilings, the altar, the amazing organ and so on. Pleasant and friendly staff in the ticket office, and a visit well worth the small entrance charge of 2 Euros.
Written 8 February 2023
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