A stonecutting masterpiece
The National Assembly's building is made exclusively of Slovenian material – stone and wood. The selection of stone – including 14 types of construction stone from every Slovenian region – gives the parliamentary building the appearance of a palace. The construction involved the entire Slovenian stonecutting industry and selected masters of the time. The installation of material, including some innovative anchor techniques, was a particular challenge.
The bottom of the building is tiled with karstic marble from Kopriva. The four floors are divided by square wreaths made of the same material. The sets of windows are vertically separated by karstic rudistid limestone from the village of Vrhovlje. The spaces between the columns are tiled with green granite from Pohorje. The upper edge of the building is concluded with limestone from the village of Kopriva.
The entrance area
The entrance area is covered with strips of granodiorite and green granite from Pohorje, limestone from Kopriva, and red limestone from Hotavlje. The stairway is tiled with granodiorite, whereas the walls are covered with yellowish limestone from the village of Adlešiči. The entrance doors to the two side rooms are covered with limestone from Podpeč. The six columns are made of grey limestone from Hotavlje. The various rocks, differing in both colour and mass, are thoughtfully combined in an elegant composition.
Moving along the corridors, one's attention is drawn to the indescribable patterns left in the rock by nature. The work of nature is always fresh and will never be out of date.
The ground floor
The walls on the ground floor are covered with dark limestone from Podpeč (two types: grey, with yellow and white stylolites; and shell-limestone with fossils of lithiotid bivalves). The flooring is of grey limestone from Hotavlje.
The first and second floor
The walls on the first floor are covered with red limestone from Hotavlje, while those on the second floor are covered with grey and red limestone from the same area. The flooring on the first floor is of grey limestone from the village of Podzemelj in Bela Krajina, while the second floor is covered with grey limestone breccia from the karstic village of Rubija. On both floors, a narrow strip of black limestone from Drenov Grič can be observed at approximately 15 cm above the ground.
The third floor
The walls on the third floor are covered with tiles of calcite sinter from the karstic village of Gorjansko. This stone is characterised by a fresh, honey-like colour and an interesting multilayered texture resembling wood. Light makes the calcite crystals sparkle. The flooring is solid karstic limestone from Kopriva.
The central staircases
The two central staircases are covered with green granite rimmed with granodiorite. The stairs are made of a single piece of massive granodiorite. The walls are tiled with grey and pink marble from Hotavlje.
The side stairways
The side stairways are covered with three types of limestone. The walls are tiled with rudistid limestone from Vrhovlje. The stairs are covered with tiles of black limestone from the karstic village of Kazlje, and contain a number of fossilised shells. The flooring of the stairs and landings is of limestone from Kopriva.
Adapted from Kunc, M., Furlan, S. (1997): Marble tiles at the Slovenian Parliament.
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BOOKING A TOUR
Tours must be booked in advance.
The National Assembly's activities have priority over other events.
Calendar of events in the National Assembly.
Visitors must undergo a security check upon entering the building.
Photography is allowed during the visit, except when parliament is in session.
A meeting with the chosen deputy is to be arranged by groups themselves.
Information for persons with disabilities.
Parking in front of the National Assembly is not allowed.
Take a virtual tour of the National Assembly's building before the visit.