Congress Square (Kongresni trg), Ljubljana

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Congress Square is one of the central squares in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
The square was built in 1821 at the site of the ruins of a medieval Capuchin monastery, which had been abolished during the reign of Habsburg Emperor Joseph II. The square was used for ceremonial purposes during the Congress of Ljubljana, after which it was named. After the congress, a park was laid out in the center of the square, which soon acquired the name Star Park (Park Zvezda, Sternallee) due to its layout. During the communist period it was renamed Revolution Square (Trg revolucije) and a few years later Liberation Square (Trg osvoboditve), but the local population continued to use the old name. In 1990, it regained its original name.
The square has had a highly symbolic role in modern Slovenian history. On October 29, 1918, independence from Austrian-Hungarian rule and the establishment of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs was proclaimed during a mass demonstration on the square. In May 1945, the Yugoslav Communist leader Josip Broz Tito first visited Slovenia after World War II and held a speech on the balcony of the University of Ljubljana, which faces the square.
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  • The Congress Square is reminiscent of the "Laibach Congress" of 1821, at which Russia and Austria agreed at the request of "King Ferdinand I of both Sicily" to take military action against revolutionary movements, in particular in Naples. Today it is peaceful at the congress square, the sports federations and the Olympic Committee of Slovenia try to bring children and young people closer to the sport. There are table tennis tables, climbing towers, curling lanes and water pools on the square. The children enjoy the "action". On the east side of this square, which is always popular for events, stands the traditional "Slovene Philharmonic" and in the south the main building of the university. On my travel website toeightycountries.com you will find more about the enchanting Ljubljana.
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  • It is a square near the Mimoto Bridge. There was a rental bicycle station, and I rented a bicycle here and went around town. It was a green park, and there were many people who relaxed on a bench. It was a good place to take a break when you are tired from sightseeing.
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