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Ljubljana’s lovely Baroque Cathedral

00 Church of St. Nicholas

The lovely Ljubljana Cathedral (also known as the Church of St. Nicholas) lies in the heart of Ljubljana, Slovenia.  The church is near the popular Central Market and the city’s Town Hall.

There has been a church at this site since at least 1262.  After the fire of 1361 it was re-built in the Gothic style.  That church was burned down in 1469 (by the Moors).  A new cross-shaped Baroque church was constructed between 1701 and 1706, although its octagonal dome was not finished until the 1840s.  The church is dedicated to the patron and guardian of fishermen and boatmen, St. Nicholas.

Sundial outside the Church of St. Nicholas

Sundial outside the Church of St. Nicholas

The exterior of the church is attractive, although relatively simple, but with 2 bell towers and a distinctive dome.  One …

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“Pic of the Week”, April 17, 2015: Castel Sant’ Angelo, Rome

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During a recent (and all too short) visit to Rome, my wife and I spent a day strolling the Baroque section of town.  Just as the sun was setting, we found ourselves along the historic and beautiful Tiber River.  In the distance, silhouetted by the setting sun, was the dome of St. Peter’s basilica  Near us was Castel Sant’Angelo.

Castel Sant’Angelo is a castle-like building that houses the remains of Emperor Hadrian, he of Hadrian’s Wall fame (which still stands in Britain).   Castel Sant’Angelo was built around 140 AD and over the years has served as a place of refuge and a military fortress.  Baroque statues of angels holding elements of the Passion of Christ line its approach.  It …

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