Schweigerjeva hiša / Schweiger House

Address: Stari trg 11a, Ljubljana
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Schweiger House, located at No. 11 Stari trg square, is one of Ljubljana's most beautiful Baroque palaces. On commission from Franz Karl Schweiger von Lerchenfeld, it was rebuilt from an older house to a design by the architect Candido Zulliani between 1748 and 1749. Zulliani designed a large number of Baroque buildings in Ljubljana, but most of them unfortunately no longer exist. Schweiger House is considered to be his most important surviving work.

Shcweiger House's fasade is adorned with ornate plasterwork and stone decorations. Its most striking elements are richly decorated window frames, a balcony with a bulging wrought iron balustrade and its entrance portal, surmounted by a statue of a "silent man" (Schweiger in German) holding his index finger in front of his mouth. The silent man motif also appears on the Schweiger family's coat of arms attached to the façade just below the roofing. Next to the entrance there is a portrait statue of one of the building's later owners, the poetess Lily Novy, sculpted by Lujo Vodopivec in 1985. The most stunning parts of the interior are an interestingly designed staircase, the remains of original interior furnishings and ceiling plasterwork.

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