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The famous dragon of Ljubljana guards the “dragon bridge”. Photo: rtvslo.si

What’s the difference between a monster and a dragon? Nothing, when it comes to the Ljubljana dragon. The famous dragon of Ljubljana, which guards the “dragon bridge” and adorns the city flag, may be connected with the ancient Greek myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece. According to the story, Jason stopped in Ljubljana’s swamps on the way back from his adventures and there killed a “monster.” Luckily for Ljubljana, this monster has since been described as a beautiful green dragon, instead of, say, a giant octopus creature. Instead, Ljubljana has a dragon bridge that is considered one of the most beautiful examples of the Art Noveau style in existence.

Anyone traveling around Slovenia ...

Anyone traveling around Slovenia has noticed plenty of chapels, churches and cathedrals across the landscape. The country has a long catholic tradition and has been called the “country of churches.” Altogether, there are about...

The “dance of death” was ...

The “dance of death” was a medieval artistic genre that was popular in France, but there is one outstanding example of it here in Slovenia. The fresco was drawn in 1490 in the Trinity Church in Hrastovlje, but eventually...

Nature preservation in Slovenia ...

Nature preservation in Slovenia goes back more than a century. In fact, the beginnings could be traced to 1892. In that year, a man named Dr. Leopold Hufnagel declared that parts of the forest around Kočevje should be left alone....

Most of Slovenia's larger towns ...

Most of Slovenia's larger towns are "twinned" with other cities around Europe. None more so than Ljubljana, which is twinned with towns like Cleveland, Vienna, Belgrade and at least 20 more. Virtually all of the former...

Everybody knows the Japanese work ...

Everybody knows the Japanese work hard and long hours… or do they? What if I told you that Slovenes work longer hours than the Japanese? You wouldn’t believe me. But according to the OECD, Slovenes are some of the hardest working...

The most popular name in Slovenia ...

The most popular name in Slovenia is Marija. There are more than 60,000 of them here. For men, the most popular name is Franc, followed by Janez and Anton. Popular female names include Ana, Maja, Irena and Mojca. However, only...

We all know that Edmund Hilary ...

We all know that Edmund Hilary of New Zealand was the first to climb Mount Everest. But did you know that the first married couple to climb Mount Everest were Slovenes? Andrej and Marija Štremfelj climbed the world’s highest...

Foreigners (and even some Slovenes) stumble ...

Foreigners (and even some Slovenes) stumble with the use of the dual case. It’s a specialty of the Slovenian language, in that there is not only singular and plural but dual. Thus, “the two towers” in English is simply “Stolpa”...