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The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation stands iconically in Ljubljana’s central square, Preseren Square, captivating visitors with its striking pink facade. This Baroque church, belonging to the Franciscan Monastery, is not only a heartwarming symbol of the city but also a beacon of tranquility in the bustling city center.

History

Built between 1646 and 1660, the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation replaced an older Gothic church that had been on the same site since the 13th century. The current structure, much affected by earthquakes, underwent renovation in the 18th century when the beautiful pink color was added to its facade. The church is dedicated to the Annunciation of Mary, featured in a magnificent altar painting by Italian artist Matevž Langus.

How to Get There

With the church’s prime location in the heart of Ljubljana’s pedestrian zone, the easiest way to get there is on foot or by bicycle. Should you come from outside the city, Ljubljana is well connected by train and bus networks, and the city’s main bus and train station is just a short 15-minute walk from Preseren Square.

List of Attractions

  1. The Interior: The church’s beautifully decorated interior, featuring frescoes and a glorious main altar, is home to various works of Slovenian artists.
  2. Monastery Library: Possessing more than 70,000 books, it’s an invaluable historical and cultural treasure.
  3. Church Organ: A magnificent instrument, which dates back to 1993, offers a harmonious sound which visitors can enjoy during services or concerts.

Ticket Information

The church is open to the public for free, but it’s advisable to check service times to visit when services are not taking place.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Respect Traditions: Please remember that this is a functioning church with active services. Visitors should do their best to move quietly and respect the space.
  2. Dress Appropriately: As with any religious institution, modest attire is recommended.
  3. Photography Restrictions: Please respect the church’s ‘no photography’ rule when inside.
  4. Guided Tours: Consider taking a guided walking tour of Ljubljana, most of which include the Franciscan Church as one of their highlights.
  5. Visit During a Concert: The church sometimes serves as a venue for concerts, try to catch one if possible.

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