Sightseeing in Ljubljana
Here are only few of the sightseeings you can visit in Ljubljana. Those listed first are closer to the apartment.
Sightseeings in Ljubljana
The Ljubljanica Sluice Gate
The Ljubljanica Sluice Gate has been declared as a monument of national significance, along with the other major works by architect Jože Plečnik. Plecnik regulation of the Ljubljanica river and its embankments expire at the sluice gates. Barrier is designed to regulate the water level in the city center. Architect designed it in such a way that on both sides and in the middle of the river there are three towers in stone cladding, which resemble architecture of the Egyptian temples. Towers are on one side embellished with short Doric columns with containers of Etruscan appearance and carved dragon heads and on the other side with low Ionic columns with stylized human heads, which carry a footbridge across the river....
One of the first sightseeings in Ljubljana is the Dragon Bridge, which was built in the beginning of the 20th century, when Ljubljana was part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Today, protected as a technical monument, Dragon Bridge is the first bridge in Slovenia which has been paved with asphalt and the first reinforced concrete bridge in Ljubljana. Dragon statues which are the chief attractions of the bridge and a part of a legend, became a symbol of the city. If you want to read about the legend , please click here.
Ljubljana Central Market
Ljubljana Central Market Is a second of top sightseeings in Ljubljana. It is a market whose buildings strech between a Dragon Bridge and a Tripple Bridge. The market itself and a Vodnik Square are both cultural monuments of national significance. Architect Jože Plečnik planned to fill the middle gap between the markets halls with the monumental covered bridge to connect to the Petkovšek Embankment and according to his plan a Butcher's Bridge has been built later. The market itself is opened daily except Sundays. It consists of a flower market, a fish market, bakery, dried fruit and meat stalls. The colonnade at the Triple Bridge end provides shelter for stalls selling herbs, spices, and arts and crafts. From october 2008 the market was provisionally protected as a cultural monument of national importance.
Across the Triple Bridge is the central square, which is the most visited of all sightseeings in Ljubljana, called Prešeren Square. It looks like all roads of Ljubljana end there. A statue of the greatest Slovene classical author includes a sculpture of the poet, facing the window where his adored Julia Primic used to live. Among some high quality epic poetry he wrote the first Slovene ballad and the first Slovene epic. If you are interested in reading some of his masterpieces as another Ljubljana Myths, A toast (part of it is Slovenian Anthem) etc. To read the Myth, click here.
A Medieval fortress, probably built in the 11th century is now a main tourist point and one of most popular sightseeings in Ljubljana. In Ancient history the hill became a Roman army stronghold after fortifications were built in Illyrian and Celtic times. Some of them are still down in the city of Ljubljana. In the Middle Age 16th to 17th century the castle's purpose was to defend the empire against Ottoman invasion as well as peasant revolt. After the 17th century the castle become an arsenal. Later in 1848 the castle's Viewing Tower was inhabited by a guard whose duty it was to fire cannons warning the city in case of fire or announcing important visitors or events. Nowdays a Viewing Tower offers a spectacular wiev of the city of Ljubljana below. From 1990s the castle began to be used as a place for weddings and cultural events. For more about the Ljubljana Castle, click here.