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Travel Tips to Ljubljana (LJU)
Ljubljana – sights in the heart of Slovenia
Ljubljana is both the capital of Slovenia, and also the environmental capital of Europe for 2016. One of the most famous sights of Ljubljana is its castle (Ljubljanski grad), which towers over the city. The building of the castle began in the 9th century. From the 12thcentury onwards it served as the residence of the Spanheim family. The modern look of the castle stems from the 16th and 17th century. The observation tower was added in 1848, so that a guard could live in it and shoot cannons in the case of important visitors or impending danger. As well as the castle chapel, you can also visit the observation tower and two wedding halls. Historical tours in period clothing are offered, and there’s also a very charming restaurant and a castle shop.
Visit the National Gallery of Slovenia
For art lovers, a visit to the National Gallery of Slovenia, (Narodna galerija Slovenije), which was founded in 1918, is a must. There, you can view Slovenian and European art from medieval times to the 20th century. A permanent exhibition includes various works of Yugoslav–Italian painter Zoran Mušič, one of the most famous modern painters of Europe. In total, there are 600 works exhibited in the Slovenian National Gallery, which are sorted according to their art-historical epochs. As a result, you can focus on the paintings of the period that interests you the most. Among the Baroque pieces, for example, you’ll find paintings from Giulio Quaglio and Gregorio Lazzarini.
Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Ljubljana
Originally the Church of the Annunciation was completed in 1660. It was partially rebuilt in the 19th century and finally renovated between 1992 and 1999. Because of its size and slightly elevated location in Prešeren Square, it is not easily overlooked – particularly because its façade is pink. The peak of its gables is decorated with a copper statue of St. Mary. The main altar was built by sculptor Francesco Robba, who worked on it during the 18th century. Should you be taking a flight to Ljubljana shortly before Christmas, you should definitely take a look at the largest nativity scene of the city in front of this altar.
Tivoli Park in Ljubljana
Tivoli Park is regarded as Ljubljana‘s biggest and most attractive public park. Located in the centre of the 5381-square-feet park is the Grad Tivoli – a castle from the 17th century. The park, which stretches into the city centre, was built in 1813. Three rows of chestnut trees, beautifully arranged flowerbeds and ancient trees await you here. You’ll encounter many fountains and statues when strolling through the park. If you prefer tropical and carnivorous plants, you might be interested in the greenhouse of the adjacent botanical garden. Discover the Jakopič Promenade by booking flights to Ljubljana with FlyDoha.