When you first arrive in Ljubljana, you will notice that all the locals hang along the riverside. There are several charming pathways and along the one called Breg, you will bump into a huge monument, which represents one of the main milestones of Ljubljana’s modern history.
The monument on Breg is dedicated to Ivan Hribar, who was a Slovene politician, diplomat and mayor of Ljubljana. He was first elected as a mayor of Ljubljana at the end of 19th century and quickly became famous for implementing a large scale reconstruction of the town after the 1985 devastating earthquake. Hribar compared Ljubljana to a human body and thus stated that every city should have their lungs to breathe and legs to move. Soon numerous green areas were erected and new bridges were built. Only two years after his election, the first electrical tram hit the narrow streets of Ljubljana. If we sum it up – Ivan Hribar made Ljubljana a modern European capital.
But Hribar’s statue doesn’t only represent the modernization of Ljubljana, it is also a reminder of his tragic end. After the Italian annexation of Ljubljana, Hribar committed suicide. On the eve of 28th December 1941, he jumped into Ljubljanica from the exact same spot, where his statue stands nowadays. Check it out, stop a local and ask for a brief history lesson!
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