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Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia and its largest city. It is classified as a mid-sized European city, with 277.000 citizens. However, it has kept its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital.
Ljubljana did not become a capital overnight, it prepared for this for centuries. When it was still "only" a provincial capital of Carniola, it became the capital for all Slovenians in 1918, when the Austro-Hungarian monarchy collapsed. A year later, in 1919, it acquired a university, in 1938 the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, a radio station as early as 1926 and TV in 1957. It had its own Philharmonic in 1701 and its opera exactly one hundred years ago. Even a good thirty years ago the trade mark of Ljubljana was its skyscraper and castle. The castle, which is about a thousand years old, has been under reconstruction for quite a few years now, so that apart from seeing its renovated chapel of St. George, with its coats-of-arms, the pentagonal tower and wedding Hall, the high tower is an exceptional sight. The points is, there is a fantastic view from there (as you can see below), not only of the city (the rooftops of Old Ljubljana) and its surroundings (like the moody marsh Barje, the green park Tivoli) but also to the Kamnik Alps in the north and the Julian Alps with Triglav and the Karavanke Alps to the north-west.
During winter Ljubljana has a dreamy central European character with snowy and foggy weather. Average winter temperature is -2°C. Summers are sunny, warm and influenced by Mediterranean. Average summer temperature is 20°C.
Ljubljana has preserved evidence of all the five millennia of its history, among others the remains of pile dwellings by lake-dwelling people in Ljubljana Marshes, remains of the Roman city of Emona, the old city centre with its medieval castle and beautiful buildings with Baroque and Artnouveau façades and decorative portals. In the 20th century, the world famous architect Jože Ple?nik put a remarkable stamp on the city.
Ljubljana can boast of rich tradition, youthful vibrancy, cultural creativity, feel for entertainment, and numerous green spaces.

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