St. Peter's Parish Church (Ljubljana)

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St. Peter's Church in Ljubljana

St. Peter's Parish Church (Slovene: Župnijska cerkev sv. Petra, Šempetrska cerkev or Šentpetrska cerkev) is a Roman Catholic church in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is one of the oldest churches in Ljubljana and is the seat of Ljubljana–St. Peter parish. It is located in the Center District, at the corner of Trubar Street (Trubarjeva cesta), Njegoš Street (Njegoševa cesta) and Zalog Street (Zaloška cesta), near Croatian Square (Hrvatski trg). The University Medical Centre Ljubljana is situated in the immediate vicinity.


St. Peter's Church in 1890s

The original church at the site was presumably built near the city walls already at the turn of the 9th century on the order of Paulinus II, the Patriarch of Aquilea.[1] It was the seat of the Primitive Parish of Ljubljana. The church was encircled by a cemetery that was the main town cemetery until 1779, when it was abandoned.[2]

The current building was erected in a Baroque style between 1730 and 1733 upon the plans of the architect Carlo Martinuzzi, who based them upon the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. The model of the church was made by Giovanni Fusconi, who also gave some technical advice.[1] The church was built by the master builder Gregor Maček, Jr. Interior division of the church has been preserved from the period.[1]

After the Ljubljana earthquake of 1895, the church was renovated by the architect Raimund Jeblinger in a neo-baroque style.[citation needed] This renovation was strongly criticised for its supposed low quality,[citation needed] and was followed by another, done between 1938 and 1940. The façade was completely remodeled by the architect Ivan Vurnik, while his wife Helena Vurnik contributed new interior decorations and mosaics. The church's ceiling frescoes are the work of baroque painter Fran Jelovšek; altar paintings are by Valentin Metzinger.[3]

Cultural references[edit]

Until 1952, Trubar Street was known as St. Peter's Street (Sv. Petra cesta).[4] The nearby St. Peter's Bridge across the Ljubljanica is named after the church.[5] The church also gave its name to the former barracks housed at Vraz Square (Vrazov trg).[6]


  1. ^ a b c Lazarini, Franci; Murovec, Barbara. Lavrič, Ana (ed.). "Župnijska cerkev sv. Petra" [St. Peter's Parish Church]. Pot po baročni Ljubljani: virtualna razstava sakralnih spomenikov [Path Through the Baroque Ljubljana: A Virtual Exhibition of Sacral Monuments (in Slovenian). Art History Institute of France Stele, Scientific Research Centre, Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. ^ Kladnik, Darinka (1996). Mestna hiša v Ljubljani: pomembni dogodki v zgodovini mesta [Ljubljana Town Hall: Significant Events in the Town History] (in Slovenian). Viharnik. p. 10, 58. ISBN 9789616057059.
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  4. ^ Valenčič, Vlado (1989). Zgodovina ljubljanskih uličnih imen [A History of Ljubljana Street Names] (in Slovenian). Zgodovinski arhiv. p. 227. COBISS 13587712.
  5. ^ "Master Plečnik". Gremo s kolesom...!. City Municipality of Ljubljana; LUZ, d. d. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Namesto vojašnic – kultura in stanovanja" [Instead of Barracks – Culture and Flats]. (in Slovenian). 10 November 2009.

Coordinates: 46°3′7.65″N 14°31′6.57″E / 46.0521250°N 14.5184917°E / 46.0521250; 14.5184917