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The centrepiece of Ljubljana's wonderful architectural aesthetic is this marvellous square, a public space of understated elegance that not only serves as the link between the Center district and the Old Town but as the city's favourite meeting point. Taking pride of place is the Prešeren monument (1905) designed by Maks Fabiani and Ivan Zajc, and erected in honour of Slovenia’s greatest poet, France Prešeren (1800–49). On the plinth are motifs from his poems.

Immediately south of the statue is the city's architectural poster-child, the small but much acclaimed Triple Bridge. To the east of the monument at No 5 is the Italianate Central Pharmacy, an erstwhile cafe frequented by intellectuals in the 19th century. To the north sits the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, and on the corner of Trubarjeva cesta and Miklošičeva cesta, the delightful Secessionist Palača Urbanc building from 1903, which now houses a fancy department store. Diagonally across the square at No 1 is another Secessionist gem: the Hauptman House. Two doors down at Wolfova ulica 4 you’ll see a terracotta figure peeking out from a window. It’s Julija Primič gazing at her lifelong admirer Prešeren.