Tivoli Castle
Tivoli Castle is a mansion
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 in Ljubljana
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and its largest city. It is the centre of the City Municipality of Ljubljana. It is located in the centre of the country in the Ljubljana Basin, and is a mid-sized city of some 270,000 inhabitants...

, the capital of Slovenia
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The mansion is located in the city's Tivoli Park
Tivoli, Ljubljana
Tivoli Park is the largest park in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is located on the outskirts of the Center district, stretching to the Šiška district to the north, the Vič district to the south, and the Rožnik district to the west. The park was laid out during the French imperial...

 (part of the Rožnik
The Rožnik District or simply Rožnik is a city district of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It consists of much of Rožnik Hill and includes also Tivoli Park. The Ljubljana Zoo is located here....

 neighborhood), north-west of (and visible from) the city centre, at the foot of Rožnik
The Rožnik District or simply Rožnik is a city district of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It consists of much of Rožnik Hill and includes also Tivoli Park. The Ljubljana Zoo is located here....

 hill. It is the terminus of the Jakopič Promenade (formerly the Lantieri Promenade), itself the continuation of Cankar Street.

Built in the 17th century atop the ruins of a previous Renaissance-period castle, the mansion was initially owned by the Jesuits, but came into the possession of the Diocese of Ljubljana
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana
The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ljubljana is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Slovenia. It was erected as the Diocese of Ljubljana by Pope Eugene IV on 6 December 1461 and was immediately subject to the Holy See from its creation until erected...

 following the 1773 suppression of the Jesuit order. Used as the bishop's summer residence, it was surrounded with orchards.

In the mid-19th century, it was bought by the Austrian emperor
Austrian Empire
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 Francis Joseph I, who in 1852 presented it as a gift to the veteran Habsburg marshal
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 Joseph Radetzky. Radetzky renovated the mansion in the Neoclassical style, giving it its present appearance, and spent much of his retirement in it with his wife Francisca von Strassoldo Grafenberg, a local Carniola
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n noblewoman.

Twelve years after Radetzky's death in 1858, a statue of the famous general was erected on the plaze at the top of the stairs leading to the castle, guarded by four cast-iron dogs made by the sculptor Anton Fernkorn. The monument was removed after the dissolution of Austria-Hungary
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 in 1918, and placed in the National Museum of Slovenia
National Museum of Slovenia
The National Museum of Slovenia is located in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is situated in the Center district of the city near the Tivoli Park....

, but the dogs have remained in their original places.

In 1863, the mansion was bought by the Municipality of Ljubljana, who used it as (among other things) a poorhouse, later subdividing ot into condominiums. In 1967, it was again renovated and became the venue for the International Graphic Arts Centre .

An alpine-style building called the Švicarija ("Swissery", formerly the Hotel Tivoli) stands behind the mansion. The Jesenkova educational footpath behins alongside it.
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