Cathedral of St. Nicholas is located in the center of Ljubljana and it is more than 300 years old building. The first church in this same spot is mentioned already in the year 1262 and it was built by Ljubljana boatmen and fishermen in honour of their patron St. Nicholas.
The interior of the church is really breathtaking and it is a work of several artists who created and upgraded it over time. The main artists were: Giulio Quaglio, Matevž Langus, Francesco Robba, Angelo Pozzo and Jože Plečnik. Giulio Quaglio portrayed among other things also the frescoes of the St. Nicholas miracles, the work of Matthew Langus shows Jesus Christ in pre-hell where he comforts the souls, Francesco Robba and Angelo Pozzo took care of sculptural stories and Joze Plecnik produced in 1952 a draft of the bishop’s throne and donated it also to the church. Despite the fact that several different artist participated in the decoration of its interior, everything together looks like one story.
The exterior of the church is quite classic, except for specially designed main and side doors, which were made at the 1250 anniversary of the Christianity history in Slovenia and also refer to the first visit of Pope John Paul II in Slovenia, who also blessed these doors.
The main doors are called Slovenian port and represent the 1250 years of Christianity in the Slovenian area. Side doors represent the Ljubljana diocesan history in the 20th century and are called the Ljubljana gate.
From the Railway or Main Bus Station on foot:
When you exit the station, cross the main street and turn right on Resljeva cesta. Here walk straight ahead for approximately 250 meters. When you see the Dragon bridge, just turn right before the dragons and walk straight ahead until you reach the Prešeren Square. Here turn left and then the second street on the left until you see the Cathedral of St. Nicholas on your left side.
By the bus:
You can ride on the buses 1,2,3,6,11,14,19,27, and exit on the Pošta or Kozorcij bus stop. Turn into Čopova Street and continue straight ahead till pass the Prešeren Square. Here on the second street on the left, turn left and walk straight ahead until you see the Cathedral of St. Nicholas on your left side.
Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Dolničarjeva 1, Ljubljana.