Today I want to present you my beautiful country through my artwork. Although my country is very small, it has a lot of different attractions. I tried to include some of those attractions in illustration and present my country with an artistic experience. Do you want to know more?? 🙂
Well, Slovenia is an European country. It borders with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana. I created some photos of Ljubljana, if you want to see them, go to: https://tobethea.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/photos-of-ljubljana/ .
Let’s begin in my hometown – Koper.
Koper is located on south-west of Slovenia. The main attraction of this city is the port which is called Luka Koper (Port of Koper). It is one of the companies that are contributing to the good integration between Slovenia and rest of the world.
In Postojna, there is a very famous cave which is called Postojnska jama.
Postojnska jama is certainly the most well-known tourist cave in the world. In the 200 years of operation Postojnska jama has hosted more than 35 million visitors. One of the most interesting animals living in that cave is an olm. This animal is most notable for its adaptations to a life of complete darkness in its underground habitat. The olm’s eyes are undeveloped, leaving it blind, while its other senses are developed. It also lacks any pigmentation in its skin.
On the west of Slovenia, there is a town called Idrija.
Idrija is especially known for its lace which is an important part of Slovenian cultural heritage. Idrija lace is characterized by specific repertoire of techniques.
Edelweiss is one of the best-known European mountain flowers. It is a protected plant in many countries, including Switzerland, Slovenia (in Gorizia since 1896, in Carniola since 1898) and Romania (since 1933). Punishment for wicked edelweiss ranges from 1,000 to 4,000 €.
Triglav is the highest mountain in the Julian Alps. It is also the highest mountain in Slovenia. Its high is 2864 meters above sea level. Jakob Aljaž was a man who made many contributions to the development of mountaineering. At its own expense he purchased the top of the hill (16 m2) and there he built a tower, which served as a shelter to mountaineers. This tower was named after him and it’s called Aljažev stolp (The Tower of Aljaž).
Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia. It is located approximately in the center of the country. Ljubljana Dragon is known as a symbol of Ljubljana, illustrating the strength, courage and greatness. It is depicted on the Dragon Bridge and on the various heraldic signs.
France Prešeren was known as a Slovenian poet. He vas born in 1800 and he died in 1849. Today is considered as the greatest slovenian poet. Part of his poet named Zdravljica (Toast), written in 1844, is the text of the national anthem of Republic of Slovenia.
In those parts of Slovenia, where the climate was favourable for viticulture, making of wine was one of the main source of profit. Wine-growing areas in Slovenia are quite common. Also, it is known that Slovenian people are in the fifth place on Europe ranking, according to the amount of consumed alcohol per year.
Hayrack is usually a wooden object (or building) used for drying cereals and grasses. It is very typical for Slovenian countryside and architecture. Hayracks are divided into single and double hayracks. Approximately 80% of all hayracks can be found in Slovenia. They can be also found in the north-east of Italy and south of Austria.
Slovenians are the nation of beekeepers. In the middle of the 18 century they have developed a unique folk art: Painting beehive panels. Their hives were always neatly designed and beautifully furnished.
Kurent is a typical carnival character from Ptuj. According to tradition, kurents are chasing away winter and evil. They are calling spring and a good harvest by jumping and producing loudly noises. Kurents are wearing sheep’s fur, bells attached around their waist and a big mask on their head.
Storks are large, long fingered and long-necked wading birds. They mostly occur in the warmer regions of the world. White Stork is the unofficial symbol of Prekmurje (region in Slovenia), where lives about 25% of all the storks in Europe.
And that is the illustration I was talking about at the beginning. All those little pictures combined in one artwork. Together creating a shape of Slovenia. Do you like it? 🙂 well…I do.
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