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Decor on the Čebelica (Little Bee) building

Villas on Gorenjska Cesta

Take a walk through Radovljica and look at the secessionist villas built at the start of the 20th century.

Gorenjska cesta, the main road through Radovljica that leads from the old town centre towards Lesce, is a true gallery of bohemian villas from the start of the 20th century. With the expansion of the town, municipal buildings began to be built along the road as well as villas of the town's wealthy citizens. The first public buildings outside the old town centre were those of the present secondar school and court on Gorenjska cesta, built in a historic style.



  • SAVNIKOVA VILLA, Gorenjska cesta 2
    The villa stands at the entrance to the old town centre. It was built between between the years 1922-1925 and is the work of Ivan Vurnik, architect from Radovljica.


    This villa with a beautiful garden stands opposite Kunstelj Inn. Originally it was Hudovernik farm. It was surrounded by a high wall which is still preserved on the side facing the town park. The building was originally intended as a barn for small cattle, whilst servants resided on the first floor. In 1918 it was bought by Janko Resman, a tanner, who transformed the barn into a residential house.


    The building is home to the Gorenjska banka bank. The building, the work of the Czech secessionist architect, Josef Hronek, was entirely renovated in 2017. The entrance is accentuated by a stucco decoration that features Radovljica's coat-of-arms – a man holding a wheel in his left hand.


    The secessionist building of the former Loan Bank is now the administrative office of the Municipality of Radovljica. It earnt the name Čebelica (Little Bee) on account of its distinctive external decor – a beehive in the shape of a straw basket and bees above the main entrance. It was built in 1906 according to the plans of the Slovenian architect Ciril Metod Koch and is considered his greatest architectural work. The most unique feature of the building is the naturalistic colour of its exterior made of ceramic tiles. Koch added secessionist metal decorations to the balcony, windows and  bees.


    The building opposite Čebelica is the seat of the Municipality of Radovljica. It was built in 1941 and designed by the Klagenfurt-based architect Willi Mohr. It was completed in 1941 but is firmly anchored in history.


  • BELI DVOR, Gorenjska cesta 21
    The villa was designed by the Czech secessionist architect Josef Hronek.


  • ŠARČEVA VILLA AND ŠMAJDOVA VILLA, Gorenjska cesta 25 and 27
    The villas were designed by the Slovenian architect Danilo Fürst. The villas reflect the influence of his teacher, Jože Plečnik. 


  • VILLA MIHAELA, Ljubljanska cesta 9
    Separated from the other villas, Villa Mihaela stands at the end of the Predtrg area of the town. It was built around 1907. It was long regarded as the most beautiful villa in Radovljica, as it was surrounded by a large park with a swimming pool. Today there is a coffee shop in its basement.

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