Kazina Palace

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Kazina Palace, built in the Neoclassical style, stands in the northwestern corner of Congress Square, with its front façade turned towards it.

Kazina Palace is a Neoclassical building in the city centre of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It stands in the northwestern corner of Congress Square next to the crossroad of Slovene Street and Šubič Street. In the past, it was the meeting place of Ljubljana's higher social classes. Today Kazina Palace houses several institutions, including the Institute of Modern History, the Archives of Slovenia, the France Marolt Academic Folklore Society, and the Tone Tomšič Academic Choir.


Kazina Palace was built in 1837 at the initiative of the Casino Society (Slovene: Kazinsko društvo), the Ljubljana high society's social club. The Casino was a meeting place with a well stocked reading room, and was the venue for numerous social events.[1] It was the venue of a dance where the Slovene poet France Prešeren was meeting his muse, Julija Primic.[2] By the turn of the century the restaurant had become a meeting place for the German community in the city, thus it was named the German Casino (German: Deutsches Casino).


  1. ^ Habič, Marko (1997). Kazina [The Casino Building – Kazina Palace]. "Prestolnica Ljubljana nekoč in danes" [A Pictorial Chronicle of a Capital City]. Geopedia.si (National Publishing House of Slovenia). ISBN 86-341-2007-4. 
  2. ^ Slodnjak, Anton (2009). "France Prešeren". In Vide Ogrin, Petra. Slovenski biografski leksikon [Slovene Biographical Lexicon (in Slovene) (Elektronska izdaja [Electronic Edition] ed.). Scientific and Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. ISBN 978-961-268-001-5. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 

Coordinates: 46°3′3.06″N 14°30′12.38″E / 46.0508500°N 14.5034389°E / 46.0508500; 14.5034389