Top Ten Slovenia Attractions

Top Ten Slovenia Attractions

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       Slovenia is a country in Central and Southeastern Europe touching the Alps and bordered by Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, the Mediterranean and a small portion of coastline along the Adriatic Sea. It covers an area of 20,273 square km (7,827 sq mi) and has a population of 2.05 million. The capital and largest city is Ljubljana. Historically, the current territory of Slovenia was part of many different state formations, including the Roman Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, followed by the Habsburg Monarchy. In 1918, the Slovenes exercised self-determination for the first time by co-founding the internationally unrecognized State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs. During WWII, Slovenia was occupied and annexed by Germany, Italy, Hungary and Croatia only to emerge afterwards reunified with its western part as a founding member of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1991, Slovenia declared full sovereignty. Per capita, it is the richest Slavic nation-state, at 85.5% of the EU27 average GDP per capita. Culturally and demographically, Slovenia has been a border area throughout its history. Here, four linguistic and cultural groups of the continent have been meeting: Slavic, Germanic, Romance and Uralic. The population of Slovenia has become more diverse in regard to its language and ethnic composition through recent decades but is still relatively homogeneous. Approximately 83% of inhabitants considered themselves Slovenes in the 2002 census. Another major group are immigrants from the countries of Former Yugoslavia. Slovenia is a largely secularized country; however, major religions are politically and legally privileged, with Roman Catholicism being the most prevalent. The development of the Slovenian identity was also markedly influenced by Protestantism in the centuries past.

  1. Ljubljana
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    Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, located in the center of the country in the Ljubljana Basin, with a population of roughly 270,000. Throughout its history, it has been influenced by its geographic position at the crossroads of the Slavic world with the Germanic and Latin cultures. For centuries, it was the capital of the historical region of Carniola, and in the 20th century it became the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative center of Slovenia, independent since 1991. Its transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions and cultural tradition are contributing factors to its leading position.
    Links: Cities, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ljubljana,
  2. Piran
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    Piran is a city and municipality in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The city resembles a large open-air museum, with medieval architecture and a rich cultural heritage. Narrow streets and compact houses give the town its special charm. Piran is the administrative center of the local area and one of Slovenia’s major tourist attractions.
    Links: Top Ten Squares, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piran,
  3. Škocjan Caves
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    The Skocjan Caves comprise a cave system in Slovenia. International scientific circles have acknowledged the importance of the caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth. Ranking among the most important caves in the world, Škocjan Caves represents the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia. Following its independence, the Republic of Slovenia committed itself to actively protecting the Škocjan Caves area; for this reason, it established the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia and its Managing Authority, the Škocjan Caves Park Public Service Agency.
    Links: Caves, Top Ten Cave Paintings, National Parks, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0kocjan_Caves,
  4. Postojna Cave
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    The Postojna Cave is a 20,570 m long Karst cave system near Postojna, Slovenia. It is the longest cave system in the country as well as one of its top tourism sites.
    Links: Caves, Top Ten Cave Paintings, Top Ten Amphibians, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postojna_cave,
  5. Lake Bled
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    Lake Bled is a glacial lake in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The area is a popular tourist destination.
    Links: Lakes, Churches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Bled,
  6. Triglav National Park
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    Triglav National Park is a national park located in Slovenia and the only one in the country. It was named after Mount Triglav, the highest peak of the Julian Alps and a symbol of Slovenia and Slovenian character. Triglav stands almost in the middle of the national park. From it the valleys spread out radially, supplying water to two large river systems with their sources in the Julian Alps: the Soča and the Sava, flowing to the Adriatic and Black Sea, respectively.
    Links: National Parks, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triglav_National_Park,
  7. Krkavče
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    Krkavče is a village in the Municipality of Koper in the Littoral region of Slovenia close to the border with Croatia. The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Michael and was built on the bare stone village square in 1749.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krkav%C4%8De,
  8. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovenia,