The Kazina Palace, one of the most politically exploited buildings in Slovene history, continues to fulfill its architectural destiny. Throughout its existence, Kazina has been under the influence of various political powers, from Germans and Austrians to the Liberal Yugoslavian Democratic Party. Later, it was occupied by the Italian Army in 1943 and eventually became the seat of the Slovene parliament in 1954. The neoclassical architecture of the palace, designed by architect Benedict Müller from 1836 to 1838, was originally intended for the exclusive use of Ljubljana’s elite bourgeois as a venue for socializing and cultural events. Kazina has served as a stage for both the display of bourgeois dignity and political proclamations. Despite its historical significance, the venerable structure has remained vibrant over the years, hosting a variety of social and cultural activities, as well as upscale social gatherings.
Now, the historic building has taken on a new role as the home of the Music Academy, an institution established by the University of Ljubljana. The palace has undergone seismic reinforcement, acoustic stabilization, and comprehensive renovation by conservation strategies. With its transformation, the old Lady of Kazina will welcome young students, breathing new life into its storied halls while preserving its historical legacy.