Town Hall

Ljubljana's Town Hall (locally referred to as Mestna hiša, Magistrat or Rotovž), is the seat of the Municipality of Ljubljana. It was built in the late 15th century by the master builder Peter Bezlaj. It assumed its present appearance between 1717 and 1719, when an annexe designed by Carlo Martinuzzi was added to it by the master builder Gregor Maček Snr. Later the building was alterated several times, the most thoroughly by the architect Svetozar Križaj in 1963.

The Town Hall façade reflects Venetian architectural influences. The vestibule provides space for a late Gothic plaque with a coat of arms surviving from the original Town Hall building and a 17th century statue of Hercules with a lion, previously a part of the Hercules Fountain which used to stand in the middle of the nearby Stari trg square. In the Town Hall's arched courtyard stands Francesco Robba's Narcissus Fountain (Narcisov vodnjak) from Bokalce Castle (Grad Bokalce). Next to the staircase there is a monument in memory of Ivan Hribar (1851-1941), a famous mayor of Ljubljana.

Exhibitions in the Town Hall

Ljubljana Town Hall features four exhibition spaces: the Glass Atrium, the Historical Atrium, the Central and Right Atriums. The primary purpose of the exhibition space is to showcase projects by the Municipality of Ljubljana. Also on display are exhibitions organized through international and inter-city partnerships, individual and group exhibitions of fine art by established and amateur artists.


Town Hall tour

The tour of Ljubljana's Town Hall includes a number of rooms which have so far not been open for public viewing. It offers an insight into the rich history of a building which stands as one of Ljubljana's most striking Baroque monuments.

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Mestni trg 1 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 (0)1 306 10 20
Website: Town Hall

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    Tanja Devetak: LJubaNit


    The Kranj Institute of Artistic Weaving was established in 1898, and with its weaving projects participated at the Paris World Exposition (1900) and at the exhibition of the Austrian Museum of Crafts and Industry in Vienna (1901).

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  • Slovenes, new times are beginning ... (1918-1920)

    Slovenes, new times are beginning ... (1918-1920)

    Exhibition in honour of the 120th anniversary of the Ljubljana Historical Archive

    The Ljubljana Historical Archive celebrates 120 years of its activity this year.

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  • Jurij Dobrila & Vit Rozman: Interference

    Jurij Dobrila & Vit Rozman: Interference


    Sculptors Jurij Dobrila and Vit Rozman represent a joint project, which was designed specifically for the glass atrium of the Ljubljana City Hall.

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  • PENDULUM, The Dinamics of Space Trilogy, 2016-2018

    PENDULUM, The Dinamics of Space Trilogy, 2016-2018

    The performance in the scope of exhibion GLASSWORKS | Separated from life

    The performance stems from the research Dynamics of Space that probes the phenomena of swinging (pendulum) in the arts. The project Pendulum expands the installation Glassworks / Separated from Life, the solo exhibition of the artist Urša Vidic in the Kresija Gallery.

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