Capital of Slovenia
Beautiful Ljubljana

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana also the largest city of this Central European country is situated at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region it has been the cultural, educational, economic, political, and administrative center of independent Slovenia since 1991 when Yugoslavia disintegrated into separate republics.

Its central geographic location within Slovenia, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions, transport connections, and cultural tradition are contributing factors to its leading position.

Aerial view of Ljubljana the Green Capital of Europe

Aerial view of Ljubljana the Green Capital of Europe

Green Capital of Europe

The Capital of Slovenia is one of Europe's greenest and most livable capitals. Indeed, the European Commission awarded Ljubljana with the coveted Green Capital of Europe title for 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the center, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city's heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river.

Ljubljanica River runs through the Capital of Slovenia

Ljubljanica River runs through the Capital of Slovenia

One of the most desirable destinations

The world renowned publishing house for travel guides Rough Guide published on its website a list of most desirable destinations in 2016. It listed Ljubljana as one of top 10 cities. In addition to numerous green areas it highlighted the possibility of exploring the city by bicycle, stand-up paddle boarding on the Ljubljanica River and the convenient geographic location of Ljubljana with mountains, the coast and vineyards not far away. It also commended the high quality culinary services at reasonable prices.

Capital of Slovenia

The Triple Bridge one of the Attractions in Ljubljana

The Triple Bridge one of the Attractions in Ljubljana

The Triple Bridge

Called in Slovene, Tromostovje, this is a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River. It connects the Ljubljana's historical, medieval, town on one bank, and the modern city of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, on the other.

The bridge is built partly of Glinica limestone, as well as concrete. The 642 balusters are made of artificial concrete. The platform is covered with granite blocks laid in 2010. Previously, it was covered with asphalt.

History says that there was a wooden bridge in this location since 1280, called Stari Most or Old Bridge, later came the Lower Bridge and the Upper Bridge.

In 1842, the Lower Bridge was replaced by a new bridge designed by Giovanni Picco, an Italian architect from Villach, and named Franz's Bridge, in honor of Archduke Franz Karl of Austria. This bridge, opened on 25 September 1842, had two arches and a metal fence. The essentials of the bridge have been preserved until today, which is evidenced by the inscribed dedication to the archduke above its central pier, "To Archduke Franz Karl in 1842 by the Town."

Since 2007, all the three bridges have been part of the Ljubljana pedestrian only zone.

Tivoli City Park

Called Mestni Park Tivoli in Slovene, is the largest park in Ljubljana, located in the Center District. It features many notable buildings and works of art standing in the park. Since 1984, the park has been protected as part of the Tivoli–Rožnik Hill–Šiška Hill Nature Park. It is home to many bird species.

Museum of Modern Art

The Moderna Galerija or Museum of Modern Art is the most important museum of fine arts from the 20th and 21st centuries. It was established in 1947 and officially opened on January 3rd, 1948. It was designed by Edvard Ravnikarit.

Siberian Tiger in the Ljubljana Zoo

Siberian Tiger in the Ljubljana Zoo

Ljubljana ZOO

Ljubljana Zoo is a relatively a small one but if you are in town it's well worth a visit.

Located in the natural forest of the west side of the city only a few minutes’ walk from downtown. The entrance fee is reasonable, but if you have the Ljubljana tourist card, entrance is free. It is recommended that you visit the zoo on weekends when guided tours and workshops usually take place.

Ljubljana zoo has a certain charm, being situated within the confines of a forest, which also gives you the chance of a pleasant walk and the combination of local flora and worldwide fauna with numerous workshops and activities.  You can help out or just watch the feeding of the animals, or lose your fear of spiders, snakes and scorpions by holding them in your hands, under the supervision of a zoo mentor, of course.

Ljubljana Cathedral

In Slovene, Ljubljanska Stolnica), officially named St. Nicholas's Church, is a cathedral in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It was originally a Gothic Church and then in the early 18th century it was replaced by a Baroque building. It is located at Cyril and Methodius Square by the Ljubljana Central Market and Town Hall.

Museum of Natural History

It permanent displays are a geo paleontological collection, the Zois collection of mineralogy, the Hohenwart collection of mollusca shells, herbarium collections, a collection of insects by Ferdinand J.Schmidt, presentation of the human fish, an alpine, swampland and forest diorama, and an exhibition of birds, reptiles and fish.

Nebotičnik Skyscraper

It was the first high building in Ljubljana which surpassed the Baroque silhouette of the bell towers. The façade cloak of the levels, which could be added to, is broken up with evenly distributed rectangular windows with stone frames, an accentuated ground floor.

Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Ljubljana Slovenia

Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Ljubljana Slovenia

Franciscan Church of the Annunciation

The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation known as Frančiškanska Cerkev is located on Prešeren Square in Ljubljana, in the parish church of Ljubljana or Annunciation Parish. Its red color is symbolic of the Franciscan monastic order.

It was built between 1646 and 1660, it replaced an older church on the same site. The early Baroque layout takes the form of a basilica with one nave and two rows of side chapels. The Baroque main altar was built by sculptor Francesco Robba. Many of the original frescoes were destroyed by the cracks in the ceiling caused by the Ljubljana earthquake in 1895. The new frescoes were painted in 1936 by the Slovene impressionist painter Matej Sternen.

The front facade of the church was built in Baroque style and has two parts, featuring pilasters with the Ionic capitals in the lower part and pilasters with Corinthian capitals in the upper part and at the top of the front facade stands the statue of Our Lady of Loretto. The statue replaced an older wooden statue of a Black Madonna in 1858.

The construction of the thirteen story Nebotičnik was a technical achievement that demanded a new foundation method and precision, which was taken care of by the Ljubljana Construction Company.

For more information visit Slovenia Tourism site

Map of Slovenia showing the location of its capital

Map of Slovenia showing the location of its capital

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