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Churches

St Daniel’s Church in Štanjel

St Daniel’s Church in Štanjel, Slovenia

St Daniel’s Church in Štanjel (Italian: San Daniele del Carso) was built in the 15th century as the burial vault of the Counts of Cobenzl. I especially like the church for the shape of its steeple. Štanjel also offers a beautiful garden named Ferrari Garden (Ferrarijev vrt).

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Animals Horses

Lipizzaner in Lipica

Lipizzan horses in Lipica, Slovenia

At the Lipica stud farm, I watched a couple of Lipizzaner dashing around in the wild. Actually, the name of the horse breed originates from this Slovenian stud located near the border to Italy.

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City Walls Roman Empire

Roman walls in Ljubljana

Outside the roman wall of Ljubljana

The ancient Roman name of Ljubljana was Emona. Today one can still see some Roman elements in the city. E.g. this redesign of a part of the Roman town walls created by architect Jože Plečnik. The reconstruction of the walls is not really authentic but works as remarkable monument to the former presence of the Romans.

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Bridges Dragons

Dragon bridge in Ljubljana

Sculpture at the dragon bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia

This dragon was one of four I saw at the dragon bridge (Zmajski most) in Ljubljana. The bridge finished in the beginning of the 20th century shows some elements of the Viennese Secession. The dragons were produced in Vienna (Factory A. M. Beschorner).

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Castles Museums

Velenje Castle in Velenje

Velenje Castle in Velenje, Slovenia

Velenje Castle (Velenjski grad) is a well-preserved castle high over the Slovenian city Velenje. It offers an interesting museum inside. For example one can see the reconstruction of an old grocery shop and the remains of two mastodons.

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Castles

Rotenturn Manor in Slovenj Gradec

View through the gate of Rotenturn Manor

Rotenturn Manor (Dvorec Rotenturn) is located in the Slovenian city Slovenj Gradec. It is one of the most important venues for cultural events in the city.

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Churches Jože Plečnik

Church of the Ascension

A masterpiece by Jože Plečnik: The parish church of Bogojina, SloveniaThe Parish Church of the Ascension (Župnijska cerkev Gospodovega vnebohoda) in Bogojina was built according to plans by the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik in the 1920s. The locals call the distinctive building White Dove (bela golobica). Inside, the ceiling is adorned with pottery from the surrounding area.

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Murals

Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing

Mural at the Slovenian Institute of hop research and brewing

A pretty narrative mural on the Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing (Inštitut za hmeljarstvo in pivovarstvo Slovenije) in Žalec. This institute is located next to the museum about hop-growing and brewing industry in Slovenia (Ekomuzej hmeljarstva in pivovarstva).

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City Halls

New city hall of Ptuj

New city hall (1907) of Ptuj, SloveniaThe New Town Hall of Ptuj was built in the years 1906 – 1908 to plans by architect Max Freiherr von Ferstel. Max Ferstel is the son of Heinrich Freiherr von Ferstel, who is known for numerous buildings in the style of historicism in Vienna.

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Traditions

Painted apiary in Olimje

Painted apiary in Olimje, Slovenia

In the areas of Slovenian Styria (Slovenska Štajerska), Carniola (Kranjska)and the Austrian state of Carinthia (Kärnten) one can find these traditionally painted bee boards (Panjske končnice). With the help of these paintings, beekeepers were able to find the right hive.

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Churches

Baroque church in Olimje

Sculpture of Anthony the Great in Olimje, Slovenia

The Baroque church attached to Olimje Castle was built between 1665 and 1675. At the side chapel, I discovere a statue dedicated to Saint Anthony the Great. One attribute of this saint is the pig, which can be seen lying at his feet.

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Murals

Old curacy in Žalec

Portal of the old curacy in Žalec, Slovenia

In the first moment I was surprised to see embrasures at this edifice of the former curacy but later I learned the Baroque building was erected on top of the walls of a former defence tower. The fresco above the richly ornamented portal depicts Saint Nicholas, to whom the nearby church is consecrated.