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Welcome to Ljubljana;
the capitol of Slovenia
At this point, the Hapsburgs took control, and for centuries it
remained part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

During yet another empire (Napoleon's) from 1809 to 1814, it
was the capital of the Illyrian Provinces but soon was
returned to Austrian control.

After World War I, Slovenia was free of the Hapsburgs and
the country joined what later came to be known as
Yugoslavia.
Main piazza with the
view of the Castle
(above), river
Ljubljanica with its
bridges and
interesting banks
Ljubljana's roots are Roman, when it was
known as Emona. Roman relics can still
be found throughout the city.
When Rome collapsed, early Slavic tribes moved in and stayed, from the
6th to the 14th century.
After World War II, Ljubljana was the capital of
Slovenia, one of the six republics of former
Yugoslavia.

In 1991, Slovenia declared its independence
and became a sovereign state, with Ljubljana
as the capital and a population of about
280,000.
Ljubljana has beautiful buildings of various
historical styles with fantastic architectural details.
Lotís of information can be found in the 17th century villa
of the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia (right).
You can find all
this beauties in
about two mile
radius with the
17th Century
Franciscan
Church and the
Triple Bridge (left)
as the center of it.
What would you do when you are not working if
you would live in Ljubljana?

You would take a stroll along the streets, make a
short stop to observe the street performers and
then for coffee in the old part of the town -
preferably by the river Ljubljanica.

You would most likely visit the very popular
farmers market where you can not only buy
veggies, spices, meats and breads - but also
browse through numerous souvenirs and
all kinds of clothes and leather products.

There is also a most interesting fish market.

Then you would meet some friends by the statue
of Dr. France Preseren and finish your evening in
one of the numerous restaurants discussing the
most recent events long into the night.

If you crave some typical Slovenian food you
would dine at the restaurant Sokol - it is located
right next to the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, its
serves excellent food that is reasonably priced
and the waiters wear traditional Slovenian
costumes.
Sunday mornings would be spent exploring the Flea Market and maybe a visit to the castle which rewards you with many
fantastic views of the city, surrounding mountains and hillsides.
Ljubljana is very charming in the evening - especially at Christmas time. It is
beautifully decorated and there are stands with hand crafted gifts, mulled wine
and the most delicious food on every corner.