The visitor’s first impression of Ljubljana is that it is an exceptionally young city as over 50,000 students provide very young vibrations. Many scientists come to Ljubljana because of its university and institutes with solid international reputations.
Ljubljana has round 270,000 inhabitants and it is considered a city that suits both its residents and many visitors. Even though it is a middle-sized European city, it maintains the friendliness of a small town and simultaneously possesses the characteristics of a metropolis. Here, at the meeting point of the cultures of east and west the old comes together in harmony with the new. In Ljubljana, the remainders of all five millenniums of its history are preserved, including the legacy of the Roman town of Emona and the Old Town with its medieval castle, and Renaissance and Baroque facades with ornamented portals and uneven roofs. The mosaic is complemented with the bridges over the Ljubljanica River and the vast Tivoli Park, which extends into the very center of the city. Ljubljana’s present image mainly generated by the Italian Baroque and partly by the Secession period of two hundred years before is reflected in the style of the many buildings erected immediately after the earthquake of 1895. In the first half of the 20th century the world famous architect Jože Plečnik left his distinctive personal stamp on his native city while also taking European standards into consideration. The city's image was later shaped by his more liberal disciples and the Art Nouveau creations of other renowned young Slovenian architects.
Ljubljana is a city of culture. It is home to numerous theaters, museums and galleries and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world. For the people of Ljubljana culture is a way of living and thinking and is very much a part of their everyday life. Over 10,000 cultural events take place in the city every year, including 10 international festivals. These events allow both the inhabitants of Ljubljana and visitors to enjoy artists from the different fields of music, theater and fine arts through to the alternative and avant-garde.
Famous artists from around the world visit the city for its creative spirit, economists come for the many business meetings and fairs, and international experts visit to attend the many conferences. Ljubljana is a city to which people often travel for business or return due to their pleasant memories of their previous visit. Given its geographical position, Ljubljana also represents an ideal starting point to discover the amazingly diverse features and beauty of Slovenia.
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