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Stadium

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1925 – 1941

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Sport

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Dunajska cesta
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Architect Change this

The Bežigrad Stadium Change this

Ljubljana, Slovenia
by Jože Plečnik, Gizela Šuklje Change this

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At the beginning of the 20th century, Slovenia saw the emergence of two major gymnastic societies promoting both sports activities and political issues: first the liberal Sokol Society and then the Orel Society, a Catholic organisation modelled on the Sokol Society and its mass sports gatherings.

The Orel Society's stadium, built between 1925 and 1941 to a design by Jože Plečnik, is now Ljubljana's Central Stadium. Its raked seating, balustrades and stands reflect Plečnik's distinctive style. The Stadium is enclosed by a brick wall. Its entrances are covered by a large canopy supported by a row of pseudo-Doric columns.

Next to the southern corner of the enclosing wall, Plečnik erected a memorial column topped with a statue called The Windmill (Vetrnica vetrov). For the occasion of the 1935 Ljubljana Eucharist Congress, he designed a large stand for the guests of honour, adorned with a stone colonnade.

A multi-purpose stadium in Ljubljana is today closed due to renovation. When visiting Plečnik’s most known works, one can easily forget that one of his works has slowly transformed into an urban ruin, the so-called ‘shame of Ljubljana’ and the most neglected and abandoned Plečnik monument.

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