Ljubljana is the largest city and the capital of Slovenia but with a population of only 280,000 people, feels like a big town rather than a small city. For visitors staying in the Old Town, it feels like a village. The city has a long and rich history. From the 13th century it was the capital of a region called Carniola, today almost completely contained within Slovenia’s borders. But its history goes back much further as the Ljubljanica River, that snakes through the city, was where Jason and his Argonauts sailed after procuring the Golden Fleece, according to Greek mythology.
The slender streets of the Old Town reflect many of the eras of history of Ljubljana, with Renaissance, Baroque and Vienna Secession buildings still standing, along with exquisite Art Nouveau facades, built after the 1895 earthquake. An earlier earthquake in 1511 resulted in many of the city's churches being rebuilt in the Baroque style. The Ljubljanica River also offered architects a wonderful chance to express themselves in the picturesque bridges across the river, such as the Art Nouveau Dragon Bridge, built in 1901, which adds to the city’s rich architectural mosaic.