The Slovenia Times

Prague academy honours Slovenian architect Plečnik


The academy, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, unveiled on Thursday a bronze bust of Plečnik (1872-1957).

Saša J. Mächtig, a professor emeritus at the University of Ljubljana, said in a press release that the unveiling was a great honour also for Ljubljana, which has been closely linked to Prague for a century.

Plečnik, who lived in Prague between 1911 and 1921, was invited by Czech President Tomaš Garrigue Masaryk after World War I to turn Hradčani Castle in Prague into a presidential residence.

He became the official Hradčani architect in 1920, but moved to Ljubljana the next year, after having accepted a teaching position at the then newly established Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture.

He travelled often between Ljubljana and Prague in the following 13 years until the completion of the Hradčani Castle renovation in 1934.


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