Monday, October 21, 2013

The history of Ljubljana – part 2

So, our walk through the city center continued on Monday, and we visited the National Archive of Slovenia, the Ursuline Church and the library of the Theological seminary.
All of them were impressive but I was really astonished when I walked into the library. All around us were old books, arranged on the shelves by the subject, and above them on the ceiling was a fresco painted by Giulio Quaglio, who also painted the ceiling and some other paintings in the Ljubljana’s cathedral.

The books in the library are old, the youngest was printed in 19th century. There are also some very rare books but their location was not revealed to us because someone might steal them. I spotted the location of the first printed book in Slovenian language but it was missing. It was not stolen, it was just kept in the safe place. Though, we were allowed to flip through the pages of the song-book from 17th century.
The oldest book we had at home was from 1799 but it was obviously thrown away when my grandparents died. A pity. Our next walk was dedicated to the architecture of the 20th century. But more about this in one of my next posts.

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