OLDEST - Department store in Ljubljana, Galerija Emporium - Prešernov trg, Ljubljana
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 46° 03.105 E 014° 30.390
33T E 461822 N 5099915
Quick Description: Built in 1903, this is the oldest department store in Ljubljana.
Location: Slovenia
Date Posted: 9/28/2016 2:26:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMT565
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
"Ljubljana's oldest department store in Urbanc House (Urbanceva hiša) was commissioned by the local merchant Feliks Urbanc in 1902 and completed in 1903. Designed by the Graz-based architect Friedrich Sigismundt, it was modelled on contemporary department stores in Graz, Vienna, Paris and Budapest.

The building's entrance is enhanced by a semicircular canopy in the shape of a flat open, fan-like petal cluster made from glass and wrought iron. On top of the building, above the front façade, there is a neo-Baroque statue of Mercury, the god of commerce and protector of merchants.

The inside of the department store features an interesting ornamented wooden staircase supported by two rows of columns. Among the columns there is a female statue symbolising crafts. The end of the banister is decorated with a wooden female head on each side. Everything about the interior decor, from furniture, decorated with plant motifs, to etched-glass shop windows and lamp design, reflects influences from Belgian and French Art Nouveau. This makes the Centromerkur building a rarity among Ljubljana's Art Nouveau monuments, most of which were inspired by Viennese Secession models."

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Type of documentation of superlative status: Various internet sources

Location of coordinates: Prešeren Square in Ljubljana

Web Site: [Web Link]

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