Will Plečnik’s Ljubljana works become part of the UNESCO world heritage?
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has positively assessed Slovenia’s bid to get selected works of architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) in Ljubljana listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will hold a session in July.
The application, titled Ljubljana: The Timeless, Human Capital Designed by Jože Plečnik, covers the works by Slovenia’s greatest architect had completed during both world wars.
Announcing the decision, the Slovenian Ministry of Culture noted that Slovenia had submitted in January 2020 the bid that had been prepared by an expert working group comprising representatives of museums, state institutions and other stakeholders.
Slovenia formally submitted the bid after an earlier joint bid with the Czech Republic was abandoned.
Works in central Ljubljana, Šiška and Žale Cemetery
All of Plečnik’s major works in Ljubljana have been nominated for the world heritage list, except for the dilapidated Bežigrad Stadium.
These are the Ljubljanica embankment, Vegova Street, the National and University Library, Congress Square and the surrounding park, the archaeological park around the remains of the Roman defence wall, Žale Cemetery and two churches, St. Michael’s south of Ljubljana and St Francis Assisi in the Šiška borough.
The ministry said that ICOMOS has recognised Plečnik’s works in Ljubljana as an exceptional example of urban space design in accordance with the architect’s deeply human vision that transformed a former provincial town into a symbolic national capital.
Slovenia so far has four entries in the World Heritage List – heritage of mercury in Idrija and prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps in the cultural heritage category, and ancient and primeval beech forests and the Škocjan Caves.
(Source STA, June 2021)