Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and its largest city. It is the center of the City Municipality of Ljubljana. It is located in the center of the country in the Ljubljana Basin, and is a mid-sized city of 280,000 inhabitants. Throughout its history, it has been influenced by its geographic position at the crossroads of the Slavic world with the Germanic and Latin cultures. For centuries, Ljubljana was the capital of the historical region of Carniola, and in the 20th century it became the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative center of Slovenia, independent since 1991. Its transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions and cultural tradition are contributing factors to its leading position. The origin of the city’s name is unclear. The most likely scenario is that the city was named after the river Ljubljanica that flows through it. The linguist Silvo Torkar supports the thesis that the name of Ljubljanica derives from the Old Slavic name Ljubovid. Robert Vrčon believes that the name of Ljubljanica developed from the Latin alluviana, itself derived from the word eluvio, meaning an inundation. In the Middle Ages, both the river and the city were named Laibach. This name, derived from Old German, almost certainly means “a standing water causing floods”. It was in official use until 1918 .
” O my dear, dear soul, dear mom, dear words, dear memories, dear you…
I do not know when I will stop, where and when I’ll come back home ”
I find my self in Ljubljana now and what i wrote earlier were a few touristic aspects that one have to know… but do you know the legend? Do you know it’s origin?
The legend has it that the founder of Ljubljana was the Greek prince Jason, together with his companions, the Argonauts. According to the legend, Jason and the Argonauts, while fleeing from King Aites, from whom they had stolen the golden fleece, sailed from the Black Sea up the Danube, from the Danube into the Sava, and from the Sava into the Ljubljanica. Around about here Jason encountered a terrible monster, which he fought and slew. This monster was the Ljubljana dragon, which now has its permanent abode on top of the castle tower on the Ljubljana coat of arms.
Besides the archaeological remains from the time of Roman Emona, buildings and artefacts with a tinge of Italian and Austrian artistic style and the work of domestic architects who nevertheless gave the city an original Slovene image and influenced its contemporary appearance, there are also many things, especially in the lives of the inhabitants, which tell of its past and present cultural history. The rich cultural life of Ljubljana undoubtedly has its roots in its permanent links with the world, in all that it has accepted from it and given to it in its integration in European and world culture.
I must go now it’s late and tomorrow is another town…