Roman town Iulia Aemona in 50ADLjubljana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia, is the political, cultural and economic centre of the country. Ljubljana has a population of 330,000 and is known for its diverse cultural life, fine architecture, and heritage. Ljubljana castle dominates the cityscape - a document from 1112 to 1125 mentions a castle built on the hill in the ninth century. The city emblem is the green dragon on the castle.
The city is located centrally in the vast Ljubljana basin, the region called Central Slovenia, at the intersection of the route from northern Europe to Italy and the Adriatic Sea, and from western Europe to the East. Slovenia has newly regionalised into twelve divisions: Primorska, Notranjska, Goriška, Central Slovenia, Dolenjska, Zasavje, Posavje, Savinjsko, Koroška, Poravje, Pomurje.
It has a legacy from all periods of its history; from Roman Emona; to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods. In the 20th century, Ljubljana was shaped by the architecture and urban design of Jože Plečnik.
There is evidence of village settlements (the Copper Age, 2,300-1,800BC) in the marshes of Ljubljana, where lake-dwellers lived. The world’s oldest wheel was found in the marshes in 2002, dating between 3250 to 3100BC. It was first known as the Roman town Iulia Aemona (Emona) around 50AD. Ljubljana was one of the main commercial centres on Hapsburg territory, as the capital of Carniola during the fourteenth century. It was ruled by the Hapsburg monarchy, from 1335 until 1914. After 1918 when Slovenia became a member state of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, cultural and educational bodies were founded; the National Gallery in 1918, and the University of Ljubljana in 1919, and the Academy of Sciences and Arts (1938). Over 10,000 cultural events take place in the city every year, among which there are ten international festivals. The Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre alone hosts annually around 1,000 cultural events.
Ljubljana the capital Ljubljana Castle Ljubljanica River
Learning activities1. Design a tour map
Text-type: map (karta)
Linguistic element: noun - proper
Using the map of the city draw a tour plan for a day’s walking tour of the city centre - indicating the names of the landmarks to be visited.
Look at the virtual tour of Ljubljana in Burger's Landmarks
2. Write a tour program
Text-type: tour program (program)
Linguistic element: noun - declensions
Write a complete two days tour program of the highlights of the city
3. Produce a tourist brochure
Text-type: tourist brochure (turistična brošura)
Linguistic element: adjective - declensions
design a brochure on the many attractions of the city
4. Write a letter
Text-type: letter/email (pismo/elektronska pošta)
Linguistic element: verb - past tense
Write a letter to a friend about your sight-seeing in Ljubljana
5. Script a telephone call
Text-type: telephone call (klic)
Linguistic element: pronoun - declensions
Script a phone-call of a talk with a friend about performances and events which are listed at Cankarjev dom
6. Record a diary entry
Text-type: diary (dnevnik)
Linguistic element: prepositions
In a diary entry, write about your experiences as a visitor in Ljubljana
Comprehension - Reading and RespondingRead the Slovenian version of texts ‘History of Ljubljana’ from web site, ‘Ljubljana’
Answer the following questions in English.
1. When were the Ljubljana marshes settled by the lake-dwellers?
2. What is the earliest name of present day Ljubljana?
3. Which books did Primož Trubar publish in 1550, and what was their significance?
4. What does Congress Square commemorate?
5. What occurred in Ljubljana during Napoleonic rule?
6. What is the name of the new political state of Yugoslavia in 1918?
7. When did Slovenia gain full independence?
You can bet on Ljubljana (2008) : 6.38min
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