{"center":{"lat":"46.049734","lng":"14.505631"},"id":36625,"visited":false,"current_place":{"icon":"https:\/\/theplacesihavebeen.com\/wordpress\/wp-content\/themes\/tpihb\/markers\/marker.site_ao.2.off.png","name":"‘Faces’ of Locksmith Street"}}

Atlas Obscura ‘Faces’ of Locksmith Street

Ključavničarska ulica, or “Locksmith Street,” is a narrow alley in the medieval old town in the Slovenian capital city. The start of the lane is marked with an image of a key, historically used to note the street name for those that couldn’t read. As you continue down the path, a mysterious sight unfolds.

Cutting through the middle of the cobblestoned street is a gully that appears to be flowing with hundreds of strange little faces. The limbless bronze casts are highly expressive, almost theatrical. Some are happy, some crying, some almost grotesquely distorted. There are 700 of these bronze faces running through the center of the alley, culminating in a drinking fountain and a couple other odd sculptures, namely a bronze hand and a skeleton trapped in a cage.

Keep track of the places you have been, log in.
Atlas Obscura 2021
1.26km
Ljubljana Mosque

Discover Ljubljana Mosque in Ljubljana, Slovenia: Slovenia's first mosque is a striking mix of Islamic and modernist architecture.

World Heritage Site 2021
0.76km
The works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana – Human Centred Urban Design

The work Jože Plečnik carried in Ljubljana between World War I and World War II present an example of a human centred urban design that successively changed the identity of the city following the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when it cha…

Audio Guide
1.02km
Audio Guide
Bears, beers & mindfulness in Kočevje, Slovenia (3-days)
en
Atlas Obscura 2020
1.44km
Slovenian Railway Museum

Discover Slovenian Railway Museum in Ljubljana, Slovenia: This former railway facility is the oldest in Slovenia, and now houses a museum showcasing the history of steam locomotives.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.83km
Stara Elektrarna (The Old Power Station)

Discover Stara Elektrarna (The Old Power Station) in Ljubljana, Slovenia: A relic from the Industrial Revolution got a second life as a contemporary performing arts space.

Atlas Obscura 2018
30.47km
Velika Planina

Discover Velika Planina in Stahovica, Slovenia: An otherworldly alpine pasture with its own unique microculture that recalls Middle Earth.

Place
0.8km
Ljubljana
Audio Guide
0.25km
Audio Guide
Ljubljana City Tour
en
Audio Guide
0.11km
Audio Guide
Urbirun Ljubljana – Highlights
en fr
Atlas Obscura 2019
24.97km
Tuhinj Valley

Discover Tuhinj Valley in Laze v Tuhinju, Slovenia: A beautiful drive through the foot of the Alps traces the path of 15th-century Turkish raids.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.12km
Cast-Iron Dogs of Tivoli Castle

Discover Cast-Iron Dogs of Tivoli Castle in Ljubljana, Slovenia: Strange rumors surround the artist who created these solemn metal guard dogs.

Atlas Obscura 2018
20.72km
Kamnik

Discover Kamnik in Slovenia: This small Slovenian town has become a magnet for microbreweries.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.49km
This Cyanometer Measures the Blueness of the Sky

And changes color to match it.

Atlas Obscura 2019
11.75km
Domžale Straw Hat Museum

Discover Domžale Straw Hat Museum in Domžale, Slovenia: A wonderful museum dedicated to the local straw hat industry.

Atlas Obscura 2019
22.24km
Samostan Mekinje Monastery

Discover Samostan Mekinje Monastery in Kamnik, Slovenia: This 14th-century monastery survived Turkish raids, Nazi occupation, and even a stint as a spot to store towels.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.86km
The Dream House of Ljubljana’s Most Influential Architect

Jože Plečnik designed many landmarks in Slovenia's capital city, including his own dream house.

Atlas Obscura 2021
21.06km
Soteska Pekel (Hell Gorge)

Discover Soteska Pekel (Hell Gorge) in Borovnica, Slovenia: Apparently, Hell has waterfalls in Slovenia.

Brutalism 1964
0.45km
Ferantov Vrt Residential and Commercial Complex
Brutalism
24.32km
Creina Hotel