True love grows by sacrifice and the more thoroughly the soul rejects natural satisfaction the stronger and more detached its tenderness becomes.
SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX
Hotel Park Ljubljana is a part of urban beat in the heart of Ljubljana as well as being a part of nature – it is situated in the park in the pedestrian area. It is well known for its warmth and hospitality, committed to sustainable development, encouraging respect for the environment and connecting with local communities. Since we support many cultural events and host different artists in the hotel, it’s also known as a cultural ambassador.
Because of its placement in the green environment of parks as well as its name Hotel Park represents remarkable regional parks, pearls of Slovenia. Each of the floors in the hotel presents one of the parks. And since Ljubljana is the European Green Capital 2016, special attention was paid to regional parks in its vicinity which every visitor becomes acquainted with.
Ivan Hribar (19 September 1851 – 18 April 1941) was a Slovene and Yugoslav banker, politician, diplomat and journalist. During the start of the 20th century, he was one of the leaders of the National Progressive Party, and one of the most important figures of Slovene liberal nationalism. Between 1896 and 1910, he was the mayor of Ljubljana (nowadays the capital of Slovenia), and greatly contributed to its rebuilding and modernisation after the 1895 earthquake.
Hribar was known as a passionate politician and a great Slovene and Yugoslav patriot. After the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941, Hribar committed suicide (at the age of ninety) as a protest against the Italian annexation of Ljubljana. On 18 April, after returning home from a meeting with the Fascist Italian authorities, which had just offered him the mayorship of the city, he jumped into the Ljubljanica River, wrapped in the Yugoslav flag. He left a note with the verses from France Prešeren’s poem The Baptism on the Savica:
Manj strašna noč je v črne zemlje krili,
kot so pod svetlim soncem sužnji dnovi.
Less fearful the long night of life’s denial
Than living ‘neath the sun in subjugation!
This lovely photo of four generations, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday was commissioned by the Royal Mail:
To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, Royal Mail has issued an official new Miniature Sheet of four First Class Stamps. Featuring the complete line of succession, it includes Prince George for the very first time on a British issue.
The chapel is one of the oldest parts of Ljubljana Castle.
According to the emperor’s document from 1489 the chapel was consecrated to St. George, St. Pancras and the emperor Helena. The original chapel entrance was on the northern side, leading up thirteen steps, which are still in use today. Later the entrance to the chapel was from the southern side. The original Gothic chapel had open roofing, four Gothic pointed windows and an emporium, where the noblemen attended holy mass. It was rebuilt in Baroque style, and 1747 painted with the coat of arms of the land governors. The function of province governors enters the historical scene accompanied by the formation of the provinces at the end of the 13th century. In Habsburg lands they represent the person acting as substitute to the province duke and as a military commander of the army and chairman of the province.*
In the 16th century, the governors changed every two to five years; only later did this service become permanent. Among the names are also Herman and Ulrik the count of Celje, Henrik count of Gorica, Devin noblemen, representatives of family Turjak (Auersperg), etc. The ceiling also contains the coat of arms for the provinces Carniola and Istria, Slovenian marks and five Austrian rulers. Only rarely do we come across paintings with secular content in churches, therefore this chapel is truly a European pearl. During the last renovation (1992), the original Gothic painting was discovered – borders around the altars, entrance and window openings. The walls display dedicatory crucifixes in Gothic style, symbolising the Stations of the Cross.*
* From the Ljubljana Castle guide book.