U for Ursuline Monastery

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The Ursuline Monastery in Solvenia’s young capital, Ljubljana and the Holy Trinity Parish Church  was commissioned by Jakob Schell von Schellenburg, a wealthy local merchant and financier, and his wife Ana Katarina. During the construction of the Trg republike square, the Monastery underwent a thorough reconstruction and its garden was completely destroyed. 

Its undulating façade enhanced by semi-columns and a characteristic gable inspired by the famous Roman architect Francesco Borromini make it one of Ljubljana’s most beautiful and extraordinary example of Baroque architecture.

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In front is the Holy Trinity Column erected in 1693 as a thanks offering for the city having been spared from the plague.

U---Ursuline-Monastery-rough-pastelsand given the number of windows in this beautiful building I am linking this to Dawn’s Lingering Windows Challenge.

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Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

25 thoughts on “U for Ursuline Monastery”

  1. An unusual combination of styles that somehow manages to work well.
    Nice stuff as always Jude, and a handy ‘U’ as well!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. A beautiful building Jude. I don’t recall seeing it when we were there. Do you remember where in the city it was?

    1. It’s at the far end of the large Kongresni Square which is where they hold lots of music events. Sadly I only caught a glimpse of it (and this photo) from afar.

        1. There are some interesting buildings away from the river, several belonging to the university. We were lucky as we were given a tour by someone who lives there, only problem was that he rushed past interesting things that I wanted to photograph!

    1. I only caught a glimpse of it Sherri, but had to take a photo. Beautiful Baroque architecture, though apparently inside it is very plain.I think I need another visit to Ljubljana.

        1. Mmm.. I’m thinking of a Christmas break or pre-Christmas for the markets and the snow on the mountains. May not be this year though as I do have a new grandson to visit – he is home now, but so tiny! You could carry him in a trug!

        2. That will be wonderful but as you say when the timing is right. How wonderful to know your new grandson is home now… ❤

  3. It is like the John Hawes architecture Jude but on a larger and more elaborate scale. As I scrolled down I thought these would be ideal for Dawn’s window challenge, then I saw you had the same idea…. Good one. 🙂

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