Ljubljana Small Capital of Slovenia
Since June 25th, 1991 Ljubljana has been Slovenia`s capital. Legend has it that the Greek hero, Jason and the Argonauts set sail on their ship, from the Black Sea. Jason defeated a dragon which is now a symbol of the city. The main Sights are:
- Preseren Square,
- River Ljubljanica,
- Ljubljana Castle,
- The Slovene philharmonics,
- Tivoli Park,
- Three bridges,
- Dragon bridge,
- Shoemaker`s bridge and
- The Market.
The Preseren square is the medieval suburban area, formerly used mainly for trading. There is a monument to the greatest Slovene poet, France Preseren.
The Ljubljanica river is 38 kilometre long. It falls less than one metre on its journey from its source to the city centre. In the past, flooding was a serious problem but the river was also a constant source of work and income. The bridges over the river and its banks, which were built from a design by Joze Plecnik, now have a completely different purpose. They are an important social meeting place, with pubs, restaurants, handicraft stalls and an antique market on Sundays.
Ljubljana offers great cultural heritage sights and attracts many tourists every year. The accommodations facilities, especially hotels in Ljubljana, mostly meet the high quality standard requirements.
The Ljubljana Castle has played various roles over the centuries. The Spannheims, a dynasty of provincial princes were here. In the 16th it was the residence of the Carniolan provincial governor, during the period of the Illyrian Provinces the French used it for military purposes. Since 1905 it has been owned by the city.
The Slovene Philharmonics is a descendent of the Academia Philcarmonicorum Labacensium which was established in 1701. Musical experience is one of the best acoustic environments in Ljubljana.
The Tivoli Park extends into the very heart of the Ljubljana. In the first half of the 20th century the architect Joze Plecnik turned the main avenue lined with trees into a promenade area.
The beautiful Three Bridges over the river Ljubljanica are the work of architect Joze Plecnik. The bridges were built between the First and Second World War by adding two tilted pedestrian bridges on the left and right of a stone bridge. Before that, the main bridge was wooden and had small shops on it.
The Dragon Bridge is a remarkable Secessionist bridge, built in 1901. The bridge is rather special, since its constructor, Joseph Melan, applied a new method of building to it, which then made him famous throughout the world.
The Shoemaker`s bridge was a wooden bridge at its beginnings. Several shoemakers had their workshops on it. Later, the bridge was renovated and made from reinforced concrete. With its elegant pillars and lamps it makes a great venue for summer and winter events.
The market is a lively meeting point, it features a number of remarkable buildings, including the seminary with sculptures of two giants and the famous portal. There is a colourful array of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. The outdoor part of the market is complemented by a covered market in the basement of the seminary.