101 Doors of Ljubljana: Slovenian Door Porn

Ljubljana has a lot of beautiful doors. From the grandiose to the graffiti-scrawled, I’ve been appreciating them for years, and have finally got round to photographing some of my favourites.

Many of Ljubjana’s doors are works of art in themselves; ornate, carved wooden doors which serve as gatekeepers to long-established institutions. Supremely-fashioned art-deco apartment block doors with metal curves in all the right places. And some doors are of the shabby-chic variety, worn and neglected, but with a good deal of charm.

Sometimes it’s not the door itself but its setting that’s interesting; the stone surround, the bright paint of the building. Sometimes a door’s beauty is in the details; an unusual hinge, an exquisite handle, a fine piece of ironwork.

In these 101 pictures of Slovenian doors, I’ve selected (in no particular order) those which I think are Ljubljana’s most interesting and most beautiful doors. Which is your favourite? Add a comment below.

1. Let’s start with one of Slovenia’s most famous doors; that of the pink Church of the Annunciation in Prešernov square. Whilst a worthy door in itself, it’s the surrounding stairs, pillars and sculptures framing this door that make it one of Ljubljana’s best.

Old wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

2. Though not famous, this old, wooden door is one of my favourite in Ljubljana. It’s the worn appearance and the fine detail of the hinges, letterbox and keyhole surround (which I learned is called the ‘escutcheon’) that makes this an excellent piece of door art.

Lekarna (pharmacy) door in Ljubljana, Slovenia, flanked by two potted plants.

3. This door is attractive enough in itself, but it’s the lettering of ‘Lekarna’ (pharmacy), the stone frame, and the potted plants that flank it that make this a worthy addition to my collection of Ljublana’s best doors.

Art decor door in Ljubljana, Slovenia, flanked by two sculptures.

4. They don’t make ’em like this anymore. An interesting and unusual metal (copper?) door on an art deco block of flats in Ljubljana.

Graffiti covered door near Rog in Ljubljana, Slovenia

5. This graffiti-covered door is close to the site of the former Rog bicycle factory. Long abandoned since its closure in the early ’90s, it had become a sort of ‘autonomous’, anarchist zone, an illegal, unsanctioned community of alternative art, squatters and sculptures. After a long fight, the entire Rog site has now been demolished to make way for a new community centre and apartments. Which is a shame as it was an interesting place.

Beautiful double door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

6. This metal door is a real shabby-chic beauty. Not only is the carved stone surrounding exquisite but the lion door knockers and other door furniture, along with the rusty patina make this a piece of triple X rated Slovenian door porn.

Magnificent, large wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

7. This door is typical of many of the classic apartment buildings and offices in Ljubljana. A wood and glass combination, with some fine ironwork for added security.

Small door with graffiti in Ljubljana, Slovenia

8. Sometimes it’s not the door but what’s on it that catches the eye.

Bright red and yellow train door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

9. Sliding doors, as seen on a Slovenian train in Ljubljana train station.

Old, wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

10. A beautiful, old and thick wooden door in the centre of Ljubljana. The mosaic tiles above once spelt out a name, presumably of the person or business who resided here.

Old, blue door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

11. A blue beauty, this Ljubljana door is capped by an odd figurehead. It overlooks the marketplace where Ljubljana’s ‘Odprta Kuhna’ (Open Kitchen) is held each Friday during the spring and summer.

Beautiful meta door gate in Ljubljana, Slovenia

12. Door hunting will lead you off the beaten path. I spotted this lovely metal door gate on a tiny backstreet in Ljubljana which I had never seen before.

Door of abandoned building in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

13. This once-glorious, now derelict, door fronts a beautiful but abandoned building close to Ljubljana’s city centre. With the utmost irony, the building is part of a larger complex which houses the offices of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, having originally been the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Royal Home Guard barracks. Apparently, the building is protected, so we can only hope that it will at some stage be restored to its former royal glory.

beautiful yellow and white door in Ljubljana Slovenia

14. This beautiful yellow and white door is a rare treat in Ljubljana, where the use of bright colours on doors is not so common.

Church door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

15. One of Ljubljana’s most holy doors, leading into a church. The words ‘pridite molimo’ over the door means ‘come, we pray’.

Magnficient, carved, double wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

16. If you’re a lover of beautiful ornate wooden doors, then this is the door for you. I often marvel at the time and expense that has gone into creating such doors which are works of art in their own right.

Beautiful metal door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

17. I love a good bit of ironwork. This mighty metal door-within-a-door is beautifully enhanced by the red metal detail, which contrasts nicely against the grey stone surround. Bravo to its creator.

Large metal gate in Ljubljana, Slovenia

18. Open door policy; some more fine blacksmithery on this giant gate in Ljubljana city centre.

Lion door knockers in Ljubljana, Slovenia

19. Double-lion door knockers, and exquisite carving. This is my kind of door.

Church door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

20. Stone steps led to this simple, dark church door near Ljublana’s Tivoli park.

Wood door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

21. Another beautiful example of Slovenian craftmanship on this finely carved wooden door in Ljubljana.

Doors of natural history museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia

22. Why have just one beautiful Slovenian door, when you can have three? This triplet provides entry and exit to Ljubljana’s Natural History museum.

door of Kava bar Jez coffee shop in Ljubljana, Slovenia

23. A slightly dungeon-esque door leads into the ‘Hedgehog’ cafe in Ljubljana.

Door with coper dome in Ljubljana, Slovenia

24. This door earns its place in the best doors of Ljbubljana list, purely due to its bizarre copper helmet. Worn like some sort of Slovenian door knight of the round table, it seems somewhat out of place in the glass environment.

Tall, slim door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

25. A simple, wooden, double door set in a magnificent frame.

Pediatric clinic door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

26. This shot is not about the door, but about what leads you to it. I love the pair of friendly octopi that welcome children to this pediatric clinic in Ljubljana.

Beautiful green and red door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

27. A backstreet door find, the green and red colour scheme really works.

Slovenian parliment doors in Ljubljana, Slovenia

28. The doors to the Slovenian parliament are probably Ljubljana’s most famous doors.

Art nova metal door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

29. This simple but striking metal door caught my eye. Clean detailing, interesting hinge-work and a nicely contrasting frame. Superb doorsmanship.

Large metal door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

30. Open metal doors on the Cukrarna art gallery (which used to be Ljubljana’s old sugar factory) that sits on the bank of the Ljubljanica river in Ljubljana. Fun fact: these doors were designed by the creator of Črno Zrno (see door: 74).

Bright blue van door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

31. This strange message reads ‘transport for my own account’. Even my Slovenian friends didn’t really understand the meaning; it’s possible it could be a joke. The colour scheme caught my eye.

Tall, grand, wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

32. Some more art-deco styling on this beauty of a wooden door.

Galerija Emporium door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

33. This entrance to Ljubljana’s Galerija Emporium earns a place on the list because of its fancy hat.

Rustic, small, yellow, wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

34. Lovely bit of shabby-chic dooring here, as seen on a narrow backstreet in Ljubljana’s centre.

Beautiful art nouveau door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

35. More fantastic art deco metalwork on this green giant in Ljubljana. This is one of my favourites.

Grand double door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

36. This door has it all; fine wooden panelling, copper kick-plates, ornate stone surround and some greenery on the flanks.

Painted door to comic shop in Ljubljana, Slovenia

37. This colourful door shutter in Ljubljana is the entrance to Stripolis ‘striparna’ – a comic book store.

Doors to the Greek Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia

38. A spectacular entrance to the Greek embassy in Ljubljana.

Beautiful wood and glass door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

39. Now this is some real fine door work right here; triple width, carved wooden panelling, wrought-iron detailing and a window right through the building.

Grey garage door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

40. Not a classically beautiful door, but the lines, colours and ornate red railings earn this garage door a place on the list.

Door to Breg restaurant in Ljubljana, Slovenia

41. It’s not the door, but the grand doorway that makes this entrance to the Breg restaurant (no connection) in central Ljubljana very easy on the eye.

Lovely etched glass and wood door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

42. The lovely grain of this wooden door is enhanced by the etched glass, and the contrasting colour and smooth texture of the building’s stone.

Baby blue door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

43. Double-wood in baby-blue.

Spectacular wooden carved door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

44. Some very fine door carving on these huge, wooden, double doors in central Ljubljana.

Metal gate and door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

45. A great gate bars entry to these stone steps that lead to this wood, iron and glass door.

Large grey door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

46. I always like doors-within-doors, like this grey example spotted just outside the city centre.

Art nouveau appartment door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

47. Although this wooden beauty is the door to an apartment block, I think the arch gives it a church vibe.

Cathedral door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

48. This is another of Slovenia’s most famous doors. It’s as much sculpture as it is gateway. Located on the Ljubljana cathedral, these bronze beasts (there are two of them) were fitted in 1996 to celebrate the visit of Pope John Paul II.

Pop's pizza door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

49. This clean and grand glass door is framed nicely by the orange building. It serves as the entrance to Pops pizza – a popular spot right by the Ljubljanica river in Ljubljana.

Very old door with beautiful hinges in Ljubljana, Slovenia

50. This door is so old, it even had its own plaque. It’s part of St Joseph’s church in Ljubljana. Nice hinges.

Wooden door with black granite surround in Ljubljana, Slovenia

51. Classic Slovenian door; carved wooden detailing, black marble surrounds, and double lamp lighting.

Wood and glass art deco door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

52. More art deco dooring, this time in wood. As seen on an apartment block in central Ljubljana.

Gate to a chinese resturant in Ljubljana, Slovenia

53. This ornate oriental gate leads to one of Ljubljana’s Chinese restaurants.

Large bronze door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

54. A mighty Slovenian doorway of copper and stone.

Theatre door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

55. The doorway to a small theatre in Ljubljana, with posters and flyers advertising forthcoming plays.

Bus door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

56. Doors on doors. An advert for a car sits on the side of these bus doors in Ljubljana.

Painted glass door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

57. Small details can make a door beautiful.

National library door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

58. A big, bronze door on the national library in Ljubljana.

Roman ruins door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

59. An arched metal door is a gateway to Ljubljana’s Roman ruins.

Art deco door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

60. This wooden art deco door fronts a building housing several businesses, including an advertising agency and a lawyer’s firm.

Beautiful ironwork door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

61. More fine metalwork on this gateway entrance to a tourist agency’s office.

Red metal gates cover door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

62. I like the simple but attractive design of this red gate which has an oriental feel.

Arched door on Church of St Joseph, Ljubljana, Slovenia

63. The layered arch produces an interesting depth to this door, as seen on the Church of St. Joseph in Ljubljana.

Metal garden gate in Ljubljana, Slovenia

64. This simple but attractive wrought iron gate leads to a walled garden just outside Ljubljana’s city centre.

Vurnik house door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

65. This door is the entrance to one of Ljubljana’s most famous buildings: Vurnik house or the Cooperative Business Bank building, famed for its pink colour and striking art nouveau patterns.

Gimnazija bronze door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

66. Several of the Gimnazija (type of high school) in Ljubljana have pretty special doors, like this studded bronze one.

Curved, brown door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

67. It’s seen better days, but this classic, arched wooden door still has plenty going for it. Note the door-within-a-door on the right.

Art deco door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

68. Gotta appreciate the wood and metal combo here, not to mention the stone figurehead watching over those who enter and exit.

Art deco detail on door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

69. Sometimes it’s just a small detail that makes a great door.

Etched glass on Hotel Union door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

70. Some fine glass etching on this door to the Union Hotel in Ljubljana.

Door in Ljubljana below Invader street art

71. These doors would be unremarkable were they not sitting below a piece of street art created by French artist – Invader. He has installed various pixelated pieces around Ljubljana; this one depicts fruit and veg alongside his trademark ‘space invader’ character, which is apt as it overlooks a small marketplace in a suburb of Ljubljana. You can see more of Invader’s excellent Ljubljana street art here.

Doulbe doors to speciality coffee shop in Ljubljana, Slovenia

72. These attractive painted doors are the entrance to one of my favourite coffee shops in Ljubljana: Črno Zrno. Run by a Colombian who imports speciality beans from his homeland and roasts them in Slovenia, it’s the place to try coffee like you never tried before.

Beautiful iron gate to Slovenia's high court of justice in Ljubljana

73. Very intricate metalwork on the gates of the Slovenian high court.

Wood and glass doors on music faculity in Ljubljana, Slovenia

74. Grand glass doors front the entrance of Ljubljana University’s music faculty.

Blue and yellow train door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

75. Snazzy blue with a nice band of yellow on this ‘Slovenian Railways’ carriage at Ljubljana train station.

Beautiful art deco door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

76. Although not entirely circular, this beautiful rounded door design reminds me of the one on Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit hole. I would love to have a door like this on my house.

Graffiti door in Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia

77. No collection of Ljubljana doors would be complete without a door from Metelkova. Like Rog (see door no. 3) Metalkova is a semi-legal artist squat with a lot of excellent street art, some performance spaces, music venues and people generally hanging out smoking weed. It’s well worth a wander through to see a very different Ljubljana aesthetic.

Three wooden and glass doors on the Philharmonic hall, Ljubljana, Slovenia

78. A triplet of gorgeous wooden and glass doors set against yellow brickwork is the entrance to Ljubljana’s Philharmonic hall.

A green door on a K67 Kiosk door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

79. You may be wondering what this tatty, battered, graffiti-scrawled portacabin is doing on a list of Ljubljana’s most interesting doors. Well, this ain’t no ordinary portacabin. It’s an iconic K67 Kiosk, a Slovenian designed modular kiosk from the ’60s which became extremely popular and can still be seen around Slovenia (and many other countries). So loved was the K67 design that one even made it to the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Red metal gates on the Pokrita marketplace, in Ljubljana, Slovenia

80. Stark yet stunning red metal gates guard Ljubljana’s indoor marketplace.

Thick, wooden, carved door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

81. Chunky and exquisite carvings on this dark double door.

Graffiti fox sits next to door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

82. This slim entrance to an apartment block in Ljubljana is interesting because of the curled up fox, spray-painted on the wall beside it. These graffiti foxes can be seen all around Ljubljana and apparently are the work of the ‘ENS’ Crew. I like these lovely little pieces of street art which still seem to be popping up.

Wisteria grows next to mansion door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

83. A marvellous wisteria-adorned entrance to this beautiful but somewhat dilapidated mansion in Ljubljana.

Faculty of architecture door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

84. A suitably impressive door fronts the entrance of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Architecture.

Graffiti and stickers cover door in Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia

85. An attack of colour from stickers and graffiti on this door in Metelkova (see also door no. 77).

Black, arched, wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

86. Simple, classic and regal.

Gate and wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

87. Two for the price of one here, with a finely smithed gate that compliments an exceptionally ornate carved wooden door.

Canoe and kayak club door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

88. One of my favourite finds, this door leads to the Ljubljana’s ‘kajak-kanu’ club.

Large, red, metal door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

89. This sparse but imposing metal door is found within Ljubljana’s Tobačna complex. As the Tobačna also houses the dreaded Ljubljana uprvna enota (the source of all pain for foreigners living in Slovenia), I normally associate this part of town with unfond memories. However, the Tobačna, which is Ljubljana’s former tobacco factory and maker of Ljubljana’s iconic ’57 brand’ cigarettes (see my t-shirt design inspired by the packet) also houses some art zones like the Cirkulacija lab above.

Worn green door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

90. This door makes me sad. Up until early 2022, it was the gateway to a great bar called Čin Čin. It appears to have closed its door permanently, most likely a casualty of the Covid pandemic. RIP Čin Čin.

Art deco door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

91. This could be Ljublana’s greatest door. There’s a lot going on with the blue and white tiling, the art nouveau archway, the beautiful ironwork and glass, and the blue door itself.

Green door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

92. This attractive but functional door is the back entrance to a restaurant in central Ljubljana. The top left panel was been removed to allow a fan to extract air. I’m appreciating the hingework on this one.

Wooden, carved door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

93. Nice chunky carved panels and unusual grey finish on the handles.

Graffiti door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

94. A smiley cat on the roller shutter that protects this vinyl record store that sits alongside the river in Ljubljana.

Very old wooden, painted yellow door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

95. This door, or the building at least, is dated 1839, making it over 280 years old.

Sax Pub door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

96. The shuttered door to Ljubljana’s Sax Pub. Note the selection of English and Irish beers on the menu.

New wooden door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

97. This door caught my attention because it’s a rare example of a new door in a classic style. (Or it’s possible it’s an original door that has been restored). Seeing all these beautiful doors in Ljubljana, I wondered who (if anyone) still makes them?

DPD, green sliding door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

98. These modern, sliding doors house a DPD centre (parcel delivery company) in Ljubljana and boast of their ‘delivery without emissions’.

Small door in wall in Ljubljana, Slovenia

99. This interesting little door seems to front a hidden garden. I especially like that it has its own mini roof tiles along the top of the wall.

Yellow gates in Ljubljana, Slovenia

100. There’s something intriguing about these peeling yellow gates that presumably once served the ‘Mercator Bar’ depicted by the sign. Mercator is a Slovenian supermarket chain; judging by the way this bar went, it’s probably best they stick to the shopping.

Green door in Ljubljana, Slovenia

101. It’s rare to see what’s behind the door, but in this shot we get a glimpse of what’s inside; a hidden courtyard.

And that completes my collection of Ljubljana’s most interesting doors. Which are your favourites? Add a comment below.

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