Čop Street (Slovene: Čopova ulica) is a major pedestrian thoroughfare in the center of Ljubljana, Slovenia and regarded as the capital's central promenade.

Čop Street
Čop Street, as seen from Prešeren Square
Native nameČopova ulica (Slovene)
Former name(s)Elephant Street
Slonova ulica
Prešeren Street
Prešernova ulica
Length205 m (673 ft)
LocationCenter District, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Coordinates46°03′07″N 14°30′16″E / 46.05191°N 14.50448°E / 46.05191; 14.50448
Northwest endSlovene Street
(Slovenska cesta)
Southeast endPrešeren Square
(Prešernov trg)

Location edit

The street leads from the Main Post Office (Glavna pošta) at Slovene Street (Slovenska cesta) to Prešeren Square (Prešernov trg).

History edit

Until the late 19th century, the street was known as Elephant Street (Slonova ulica) in memory of an elephant present in the city in the 16th century. A gift from the Ottoman sultan, the animal had been traveling in the entourage of Emperor Maximilian II on his way back from Spain to Germany, and had been stabled at what is now the upper part of the street in 1550, where the Slon Hotel now stands.

In 1892, the name of the street was changed to Prešeren Street (Prešernova ulica). In 1949, it was renamed Čop Street after Matija Čop, an early 19th-century literary figure and close friend of the Slovene Romantic poet France Prešeren.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ Kopriva, Silvester. 1989. Ljubljana skozi čas: ob latinskih in slovenskih napisih in zapisih. Ljubljana: Borec, p. 149

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