A poet at the heart of the city
Today is a national holiday in Slovenia, in honour of their most celebrated poet, France Prešeren.
Slovenia’s greatest poet lived in Ljubljana in the 19th century. France Prešeren’s poems and sonnets romanticised the capital city of Ljubljana and modernised the Slovenian language.
During this time the city’s appearance changed dramatically. After yet another earthquake in 1895 Ljubljana was rebuilt again by the Austrians and Czechs.
The Art-Nouveau buildings you see today were constructed during this time. Prešeren Square was given its current shape and design, and in 1905 a bronze statue was erected in honour of the man himself and the square was consequently re-named in his honour.
In 1945 the anniversary of his death was declared as the Slovene cultural holiday, known now as Prešeren Day.