Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a lively Central European city lying in a basin at the confluence of the Sava and Ljubljanica rivers, between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, at 298 meters above sea level. It offers all the friendliness of a small town and at the same time everything that a capital should offer. River banks are filled with good restaurants, and chic bars popular with visitors and locals alike. The town boats the most relaxing atmosphere of all European capitals and offers endless cultural events and excellent quality of life.
Ljubljana bears witness of all the five millenniums of its history. Legend has it that Ljubljana was founded by the Greek mythological hero Jason and his companions. They stopped at a large lake in the marsh near the source of the Ljubljanica. The lake was the dwelling place of a monster. Jason fought the monster, defeated it and killed it. The monster, now referred to as the Ljubljana Dragon, found its place atop the castle tower on the Ljubljana coat of arms.
The first records mentioning Ljubljana date to 1144. Longtime Ljubljana was the capital of the duchy of Carniola. Ljubljana became the seat of a diocese in 1461 and developed into a Slovenian cultural centre during the late Middle Ages. After an earthquake in 1511, Ljubljana was rebuilt in the Renaissance style, and after an earthquake in 1895 severely damaged the city, the city was rebuilt in Neo-Classicist and Art Nouveau styles. The city's Baroque architecture was mainly influenced by Italian Baroque architecture. For instance, the cathedral was designed by Andrea Pozzo in 1701, St. Ursula's church displays Palladian features, Francesco Robba designed a fountain. One of the main features of the city, the castle, which dates back to prehistory, is undergoing renovation. Large areas of the city built in the early 20th century feature the work of native architect Jože Plečnik, including several bridges.
Rich in resources, naturally good looking and persistently peaceful, Slovenia remains a wonderful antidote to much of Europe's crowds and high prices.