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10.07.2010 13:21
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Butchers' Bridge Completes 100-Year-Old Ljubljana Market Plans

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A new footbridge connects the Ljubljana market with the other side of Ljubljanica river.
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Ljubljana, 10 July (STA) - Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic opened on Saturday a new footbridge connecting the Ljubljana market with the other side of the Ljubljanica river. The construction of the Butchers' Bridge completed plans of Joze Plecnik, the architect who built the Ljubljana market, from nearly a century ago.

Plecnik's market with two pavilions housing the fish and meet markets was built between 1940 and 1944. Jankovic thanked the people of Ljubljana for their support and expressed the wish that the bridge would become a place to meet and socialise.

A bridge that would connect the market with the other side of the river was planned to be constructed between the two pavilions - hence the name - but had to wait until the new millennium, because construction was postponed as World War II started.

The 33-metre-long and 17-metre-wide bridge was however Plecnik's creation, it was build according to modern plans by Atelier arhitekti. The bridge is decorated with numerous sculptures, among them a life-size sculpture of Prometheus.

The Butchers' Bridge was supposed to be finished by 23 April, however the construction was delayed until summer.

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10.07.2010 13:21

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