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Trg Svobode Square and the National Liberation Monument


Trg Svobode is one of the most important squares in Maribor. It was built in the 19th century after the defence moat had been filled. This was the place where the townspeople greeted Emperor Franz Josef I. when he visited the Slovenian territory in 1883.

The square is framed by the park on Maistrov trg square, the Vinag Wine Cellar, and the castle.

The monument in Maribor’s Trg svobode square is dedicated to the national liberation fight during the Second World War. The statue is made of bronze and covered in images that depict the announcement of the execution of hostages and rebels whom the Germans sentenced to death. Also depicted is the farewell letter of Jože Fluks, one of the people who were condemned to death.

Locals call the monument Kojak because it reminds of the famous bald detective Kojak from a 70’s TV series starring Telly Savales.

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