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Spomenik Napoleonovi Iliriji

Monument for Napoleon's Illyria

Lojze Dolinar

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13 m hight stone pillar with on the north side a portrait of Napoleon and on the south side one of Illyria. On top is a crescent moon with three stars. The choice of the texts was made by the poet Oton Župančič

The monument was created by sculptor Lojze Dolinar, after a design by the architect Jože Plecnik.

It is the only monument to Napoleon in Europe outside France. It was erected because the French occupation recognized the Slovenian language as equal official language, and contributed largely to the nation's awakening of Slovenes - then the Napoleonic Illyrian Provinces (Slovenija-Istra-Dalmacija), which existed from 1809 to 1816. It was erected at the 120th anniversary of the Illyrian Provinces.

Ljubljana - Spomenik Napoleonovi Iliriji
Ljubljana - Spomenik Napoleonovi Iliriji
Ljubljana - Spomenik Napoleonovi Iliriji


(palm branch):

sous cette pierre
nous avons depose
tes cendres
soldat sans nom
de l'armee
pour que tu
au milieu de nous
toi qui en allant
a la bataille
pour la gloire
de ton empereur
es tombe
pour notre

(portrait of Illyria)
From the Ode
Ilirija oživljena
by Valentin Vodnik:

na grezie zhelu
korinto stoji
iliria v serzu
evrope leshi
korintu so rekli
helensko oko
iliria perstan
evropini bo

ne vemko kje
                si se rodil
ne kod
    te je vihar podil
pri nas si pal
                za nas si pal
da je naš rod
        iz mraka vstal

(portrait of Napoleon)
From the Ode
Ilirija oživljena
by Valentin Vodnik:

napoleon rezhe
iliria vstan
du stopa v slovenze
en sarod poganja
prerojen ves nov



Sources & Information


Locatie (N 46°2'49" - E 14°30'10") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: si094; Photograph: 10 September 2016
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