The Village of Dol pri Ljubljani

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The pavilions at the park in the village of Dol pri Ljubljani

Distance: 12 km
Direction: Ljubljana –  Šentjakob – Dol pri Ljubljani
 
The village of Dol pri Ljubljani is located in the vicinity of the confluence of the Sava, Kamniška Bistrica and Ljubljanica rivers. In the 19th century it was known across Europe, due to a mansion built there in 1540. From 1815, the mansion was owned by Jožef Kalasanc Erberg, a cultural historian, antique collector, patron of arts and tutor of young Habsburg Emperor Franz I. His home was a regular visiting place for the gentry of Ljubljana. In 1821, during the Congress of the Holy Alliance, it was visited by Emperor Franz I, in whose honour Erberg had an Empire style column built. The mansion was later pulled down, but the column is still there.

Located by the mansion was a magnificent park with two pavilions. At the time when it was landscaped, it was one of Slovenia's most beautiful parks and was therefore referred to as the "Versailles of Carniola". Apart from an orangery, a fish pond, numerous fountains and tree-lined walks, it included a botanical garden with around 7,000 plant species. The present park is a mere shadow of its former self. Its two fully restored pavilions, which represent a couple of rare examples of pure classicism in Slovenian architecture, now host various exhibitions and, occasionally, other events.

The Parish Church of St. Margaret in Dol pri Ljubljani is even older than the mansion. For the first time it was mentioned in 1262, as part of the vicarage of the subsidiary church of the nearby ancient parish of Mengeš. The first mention of the immediate successor of the original church dates from 1427, while the present church, rebuilt in Baroque style according to the plans by architect Matija Persky, dates from 1753.

Information:

  • Občina Dol pri Ljubljani (Municipality of Dol pri Ljubljani), Dol pri Ljubljani 1, Dol pri Ljubljani, tel. +386 (0)1 530 43 40
  • Turistično društvo Dol pri Ljubljani (Dol pri Ljubljani Tourist Society), Videm 48, Dol pri Ljubljani, tel. +386 (0)1 500 63 61
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