Nova Gorica, Slovenia, Europe
Year1952latitude: 45° 57'
longitude: 13° 39'
Initiator(s)National Government of Yougoslavia
Planning organization
Nationality initiator(s)Yougoslavia
Designer(s) / Architect(s)Edvard Ravnikar
Design organization
Inhabitants13,000 (2020)
Target population
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Nova Gorica postcard
source: primorska/goriska/70-let- nove-gorice/z-visine-se-j e-prvic-videlo-vse-mesto

Bevkov promenade
source: a/nova_gorica_bevkov_trg/ photos/slo

Postcard Nova Gorica, 1969

Architectural plans for Nova Gorica. Source: Municipality of Nova Gorica
source: ica/

Edvard Ravnikar designed Nova Gorica with a central 80 meter wide highway along which all major public institutions would be placed.

"In 1947, following World War II, Italy signed a peace treaty with the Allies, including Socialist Yugoslavia. The treaty transferred most of the Slovene-inhabited areas of the Province of Gorizia to Yugoslavia. The town of Gorizia itself, however, remained under Italian rule. The new border cut the city off from its northern and eastern suburbs. Around 40% of the municipality's territory was transferred to Yugoslavia, including the suburbs of Solkan, Šempeter, Kromberk, Rožna Dolina, and Pristava. Together, these areas had a population of around 10,000 (almost exclusively Slovenes, with a tiny Friulian-speaking minority), or around one fifth of the municipality's population. However, they lacked a cohesive structure, and were poorly connected. In order to overcome this problem, the Communist authorities of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia decided to build a new settlement that would connect these suburbs into a new urban space. The new town was called Nova Gorica or "New Gorizia". The project had the personal backing of Marshal Tito, Yugoslavia's Communist leader. The project was commissioned to the Slovenian architect Edvard Ravnikar, a former pupil of Le Corbusier. The first projects were laid out in winter of 1947, and the construction began at the beginning of the following year.

The city was formally established as an urban municipality in 1952, incorporating the older settlements of Solkan, Kromberk and Rožna Dolina, which thus became, somewhat reluctantly, suburbs of Nova Gorica. The building of the town continued throughout the 1950s and 1960s, reaching the current extent by the mid 1980s. In the early 1990s, all of the aforementioned older suburbs acquired again the status of independent settlements. This was however a purely symbolic act that only affected the official statistics on population: because of this, Nova Gorica dropped from the list of 10 largest towns in Slovenia. It nevertheless remains the second largest urban conglomeration in western Slovenia, after Koper."


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