Plečnik's Stadium Ljubljana – Decaying architectural gem

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"Plečnik's Stadium" in Ljubljana is one of the many buildings created by the famous architect, but unlike its counterparts, this has almost fallen to ruin!

While browsing through the Ljubljana articles you might notice that there are at least two fans of architect Jože Plečnik among the Ljubljana Spotters. And yes, I am one of them. Jože Plečnik had a grand vision of Ljubljana, which he saw as the new Athens, with all the necessary parts: acropolis, necropolis, stoa, agora, library (Check out my photos of this amazing place!), temple, theater and of course stadium. He built almost all of them and left some quirky plans for the ones he didn't. Almost all of his amazing work is well taken care of, apart from... the stadium.

Because WWII started, the whole complex was never completely finished - besides the stadium there should have been more buildings. But nevertheless, Bežigrad stadium was in use till about a decade ago. And today, while the rest of the architect's work is waiting for summer 2021, when it will be known whether it will be isted under UNESCO heritage, the stadium is decaying. A very important part of the architect's vision for Ljubljana! So please, check it out while you still can. You can peek through the fence and imagine it well-renovated. And the walk-around is nice as well, as part of the path passes little gardens.

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