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The Grand Hotel Union seen from the Prešeren Square. The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation to the left.

The Grand Hotel Union is a four-star hotel near the center of the city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

Built about a block from the city's central Prešeren Square between 1903 and 1905, it is notable for having been Ljubljana's first modern hotel, as well as - for a few years after its construction - the city's largest building[1].

The hotel was part of a programme of urban reconstruction during the administration of mayor Ivan Hribar, initated in the aftermath of a major 1895 earthquake that destroyed much of Ljubljana's medieval structures. Designed by the architect Josip Vancaš, it is a fine examle of the Art Nouveau style. Its facade is almost 100 metres long, and its complex iron roof structure was considered to be a technical achievement at the time. Since completed in 1905, the hotel has been redecorated twice, but retains its original style.

The ground floor of the building contains a famous café, the Café Union (Unionska kavarna).




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