2. The Dragon
The famous symbol of Ljubljana is the dragon. The history of the iconic monster dates back to tales of Jason and the Argonauts. It’s said that Jason sailed up the Danube, then the Sava and then the Ljubljanica before finally having make the journey to the Adriatic with their dismantled boat being dragged with them. On route they came across a lake that housed the Ljubljanan dragon. The gallant Jason is said to have fought bravely against the beast before finally slaying it. It has thus become a symbol the city.
1. Hand Ball!
Handball is a very popular sport in Slovenia and in its capital city Ljubljana, especially with women. The biggest club in the city is Krim Ljubljana and they are ranked amongst the most successful teams in Europe. They’ve won the Champions League twice and the European Club Championships the same amount of times.
3. A very smart car
In 2007 a 25-year-old man from Ljubljana called Darko Mirinovic fell 120 feet from a building and landed straight on the roof of a little Smart car. Amazingly the man survived and was treated with only broken bones and nothing more. The car that broke his fall seemed to come off much worse than Darko and the owner wasn’t sure whether to be happy his car saved this man’s life or sad because he didn’t have a car any more.
4. What’s in a name?
No one really knows where the name Ljubljana came from. There is suggestion is comes from the Latin word Aluviana, due to a massive flood the city once succumbed to. This might have led to it being a derivative of the word Laubach, which means “marshes”. One of the more sentimental suggestions comes from the Slavic word for beloved “Luba”. No one is really sure though so it’s open to interpretation.
Photo of Ljubljana Dragon by wili hybrid