The capital of Slovenia , Ljubljana , does not appear on the list of standard tourist routes, but it is worth to visit it at least once, as the city forever captures the hearts of tourists. It is located on the banks of the river Ljubljanica and is surrounded by amazingly beautiful landscapes. Ljubljana, whose attractions are scattered throughout its territory, conquers magnificent architecture, because it has been reflected in three cultures: Slovenian, German, Mediterranean.
Architectural sights in Ljubljana
What to see in Ljubljana in the first place is a question that tourists who are planning to visit visit are asked. The capital of Slovenia is a very compact city, divided into an old and a new part. Among the architectural attractions there are also castles, and town halls, and religious buildings. Travelers will meet buildings in the style of Art Nouveau, Baroque and Renaissance.
Tourists who came to the capital of Slovenia, should wear comfortable shoes and go for a walk around the city. This is the most convenient way to get acquainted with Ljubljana. In addition, since 2007, its center is exclusively a pedestrian zone. Among the most memorable architectural sights worth noting are:
- The first attraction is the city castle or the Ljubljana castle . It is located on a hill, so it is simply impossible not to notice it. To better know its history, you should book an excursion that starts from the lift bridge. There is an observation deck, guests are shown a film about how this place looked like many years ago.
- The heart of Ljubljana is Presherna Square , where many cafes with soft drinks and delicious desserts are waiting for tourists. On the square there is a monument to the Slovenian poet Franz Prešern, in honor of which this place is named.
- Without leaving the square, you can visit another attraction of Ljubljana - the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation . In fact, it was built by Augustinian monks, and the Franciscans simply appropriated it.
- The Triple Bridge is an incredible architectural structure that really consists of three bridges and leads to the old part of the city. It was built in 1842, but they wanted to demolish it in the 20th century, because it could not stand such a strong flow of cars as it swept through it every day. But later changed their minds, and the Triple Bridge was strengthened, expanded and made exclusively pedestrian.
- The symbol of the city is guarded by statues of dragons , around which one must necessarily be photographed.
- In the old part of the city there is the Ljubljana Town Hall - a building built in the Gothic style, but converted into baroque after reconstruction. They are still used for their intended purpose, that is, the town hall is the "office" of the city authorities.
- After the town hall, you should go to the fountain, which is called "Fountain of the Three Carniola Rivers" , and also known as Fontana Robba. He embodies the three gods of water, symbolizing the three rivers of Slovenia - Ljubljanica, Sava and Krk. A copy of the fountain is installed on the square, the original sculpture was transferred to the National Gallery .
- Nearby is another beautiful square of Ljubljana - the square of Cyril and Methodius , which is famous for the cathedral of St. Nicholas or Ljubljana Cathedral . The modern building was erected in the 18th century, and the bell was completed only in 1841.
- After the cathedral you should go a little further, and tourists find themselves on Vodnik Square , where they sell fresh fruits and vegetables.
- On the diagonal there is another unique bridge - the Dragons , who replaced his wooden predecessor, which was destroyed by the strongest earthquake. It is so called because of statues of dragons, but in fact the real name of the structure is the Jubilee Bridge of the Emperor Franz Joseph I. This is the first railway bridge in Europe. Getting from the bridge to the Three-bridge, tourists can buy souvenirs in the shops.
- After a walk in the clear fresh air, you should visit the only Serbian Orthodox Church in the city of Cyril and Methodius , located next to the park of Tivoli . Its construction, begun in 1936, was completed only in the 90s of the XX century.
- For cultural enlightenment it is necessary to visit the National Slovene Theater of Opera and Ballet . Even if you can not get to the show, you should take a picture of the majestic facade of the building.
- The architectural sights of the city include the castle of Fužine , which, despite numerous renovations, has preserved its original appearance. Here is the architectural museum of Ljubljana. The entrance to the museum is free for all comers.
- The modern buildings that attract tourists include Ljubljana skyscraper . This 13-story building was the highest in Yugoslavia. At the very top is a restaurant and an observation deck.
- It's interesting to just wander around the city, as many buildings are architectural sights, adapted to modern needs. For example, in the former Grubber Palace there is the National Archives of Slovenia . The palace of the Seminary, the bishop's palace built in the Baroque style, are also considered to be the same buildings.
What else is interesting Slovenia, Ljubljana? The sights of the capital are also the green park of Tivoli , which is ideal for outdoor activities. But here they also come to look at the palace of the same name, which was given to the graphic art center.
To places where you can walk, and see all the beauty of nature, is the Botanical Garden . Since its opening, it has not closed for a single day, so it was recognized as the oldest botanical garden in southeastern Europe. At its territory, planted at least 4,5 thousand plants.
Tourists are often interested in Ljubljana, attractions and what to see among the cultural sites. For the sake of museums it is worth to go to the left bank of the river, because here is located the Technological, Ethnographic Museum and the State Gallery .
From museums, first of all, you should visit the city , where an exhibition about the history of the city in the days of the existence of Yugoslavia. Here is the oldest wooden wheel, dated 3500 g. BC. e.