Offical Name: Republic of Slovenia
Form of Government:
Parliamentary democratic republic
Area: 20,273 km²
Populations: 2.1 million
Other cities: Lake Bled, Piran, Maribor, Kranj, Celje, Koper, Velenje, Škofja Loka and Postojna
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Slovenia is a beautiful country nestled between the high Alps, with glittering glacier lakes, ski resorts, valleys,enchanted forests and caves.
Over half of the country is covered by forests, making Slovenia the third greenest country in Europe with the National Park Triglay being the oldest park in Europe.
The Alps, including the Julian Alps, dominate Northern Slovenia. The alpine regions become immensely popular during winter, as the thick snow creates perfect skiing and winter sport conditions.
Slovenia’s coastline is just over 42 kilometers long, with coastal towns including Koper, Izola, Piran and Portoroz. If you’re looking for a laid-back seaside holiday destination, Slovenia’s Adriatic Coast is one of the perfect place!
Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana is a city of beautiful and architecturally interesting bridges. Its river, the Ljubljanica River, flows through Ljubljana Old Town and was once part of a major trade route. Ljubliana is divided into 2 halves by The Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), one side there’s a historical medieval town and on the other it’s the modern vibrant part of the city. Nowadays the river is at the heart of the city's social life, dotted with many bars and restaurants along the canals.
Named after France Preseren, Slovenia’s national Poet , and marked by his statue, the square is where the city meets up and celebrate. The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, with its red façade, is one of the most striking building in the square.
Besides this lavish 17th century Baroque Church, there are many other charming buildings for you to gaze upon, with the magnificent Triple Bridge being another highlight. These three bridges span across the Ljubljanica river and connect Preseren Square to the Old Town.
The middle bridge was built in 1842, The other two smaller bridges were added by Jože Plečnik in 1932, and decorated all three bridges with enormous stone balustrades and lamps, thus created a unique architectural gem of Ljubljana. There are many great pictures opportunity around the square.
Built in 1901, the four fierce-looking dragons that stand on each corner of this bridge seem to be protecting the castle sitting in the background. Dragons are an emblem for Ljubljana and you’ll find them on the city’s coat of arms as well as buildings across the city. A very popular place for photos amongst tourists.
Town Square (Mestni Trg)
Town Square (Mestni Trg) is another major square in Ljubljana, where the 15th century Town Hall is located. In front of the Town Hall is the beautiful Robba Fountain, by the Francesco Robba, and depicts three male figures pouring water from jugs. Not far away, is the Baroque St. Nicolas Cathedral that dominates the square with its splendid dome. It’s an awe-inspiring building replete with art by a number of Italian Baroque masters. Outside the cathedral, you'll find the city Central Market, lines with stalls selling local products. Explore many of its twisting cobbled lanes with colorful medieval buildings, flanked by numerous bars, cafés and restaurants.