Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana

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    Dragon Bridge - Ljubljana
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    Famous but...

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    The bridge was built to replace an old wooden bridge damaged by the earthquake in 1895. It has a large story since then, but after the recuperation in 2001 it has a very common look where only the sculpted dragons call our attraction. OK, I know that even a simple rock becomes remarkable when history passes by it...

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    Story of the Dragon.

    by Askla Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    According to the legend, the Greek hero Jason had been away to fetch a golden skin from Kolchis to prove he was the right person for the throne of Thessos. On his way back home he stayed along the banks of Ljubanica river to get a rest. There he and his men the Argounats (from the name of their ship), met a fearsome fire-breathing dragon. To rescue the inhabitants of the city, he had to kill the beast. As a memory of this, the rulers of the city made the dragon the symbol of Ljubljana.
    The official name of the bridge is 'The Jubilee Bridge of the Emperor Franz Josef I', but, who wants or can say that? So the name became "Dragon Bridge" in daily speech.

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    Zmajski most (Dragon Bridge)

    by travelfrosch Updated Feb 18, 2012

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    This bridge, designed by architect Jurij Zaninović, is known and named for its dragon statues. Originally intended to be named the "Jubilee Bridge" in honor of Hapsburg Emperor Franz Josef's 40th anniversary of rule, the name quickly changed. It's enjoyable to take photos of the bridge itself, as well as views from it.

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    Dragon Bridge

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 13, 2011

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    The Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most) is after the Triple Bridge probably the second most famous bridge over the Ljubljanica river.

    The Art Nouveau bridge was given over to traffic in 1901 and is one of the first reinforced concrete bridges in Europe. The Dragons were designed by Jurij Zaninovica.

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    Here be dragons!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    To the delight of my children, dragons are big in Ljubljana!

    The most obvious dragons in the town guard the Dragon Bridge. Local legend has it that when a virgin passes, the dragon twitches its tail - I can't attest to whether this is true or not, as when we were there, it was a wet and miserable Sunday afternoon, so there weren't enough young women wandering around to trial their virtue!

    The second photo is of the lift doors from the funincular up into the castle. Frankly the dragon detail is an irrelevancy, but it is whimsical and charming. I am also heartened that something that would be pretty easy to vandalise was still intact!

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    A city sprung from legend

    by GillianMcLaughlin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It wouldn't take the most attentive traveller to notice that Ljubljana is well endowed with dragons.

    Legend has it that the foundations of the city were laid when Jason and the Argonauts passed this way, fleeing with the stolen golden fleece, en route from the Black Sea to the Adriatic. Having sailed up the Danube, and then via the Sava they arrived at the Ljubljanica. Here they encountered and slew a fearful monster which turned out to be the Ljubljana dragon, commemorated to this day on the coat of arms, on bridges and indeed pretty much everywhere.

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    Ljubljana simbol

    by oriettaIT Updated Mar 19, 2011
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    The Dragon bridge is know as the city symbol. There are big green dragons at each side and smaller dragons holding the lamps along the bridge. The legend say that the dragon would wave his tail when a virgin cross the bridge., I stayed there awhile but I guess the virgins were all hiding out that day so no waving, sorry.

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    The dragon bridge.

    by cachaseiro Written Nov 18, 2009

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    The dragon bridge, or Zmajski most as it is called in slovenian is probaply the most scenic of the many bridges in Ljubljana.
    It´s a little over a hundred years old and has some very scary looking statues of dragons on it.
    Because of it´s scary look it´s also nicknamed "mother in laws bridge".

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    Famous Dragon Statues on Bridge

    by painterdave Written Aug 31, 2009
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    Just at the edge of the Market you will find the Dragon Bridge. If you want to make photos without people, you should go in the early morning. It is sometimes difficult to make a shot without people as this is a busy street with cars crossing.
    These Dragons are the symbol of Ljubljana and you will see them throughout the city and also many souvenirs will have these dragons, or cartoons thereof.
    In the market there are some nice craft dealers who have made aprons, shirts, and table cloths with dragons on them. Some are quite nice and cleverly done.

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    Famous Dragon Statues on Bridge

    by painterdave Updated Aug 31, 2009

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    Just at the edge of the Market you will find the Dragon Bridge. If you want to make photos without people, you should go in the early morning. It is sometimes difficult to make a shot without people as this is a busy street with cars crossing.
    These Dragons are the symbol of Ljubljana and you will see them throughout the city and also many souvenirs will have these dragons, or cartoons thereof.
    In the market there are some nice craft dealers who have made aprons, shirts, and table cloths with dragons on them. Some are quite nice and cleverly done.

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    Zmajski Most

    by pure1942 Written Mar 31, 2008

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    Legend has it that the dragons on the bridge represent the dragon that Jason (as in Jason and the Argonauts) slaid as he fled with the Golden Fleece.
    The bridge which crosses the Ljubljanica replaced an older wooden bridge built in 1819 (Mesarski Most). The Art Noveau 'Dragon Bridge' was built in 1901 and was originally named Jubilee Bridge (Jubilejni Most). It was designed by Josef Melan but the Art Nouveau side of the bridge was designed by Jurij Zaninoviæ who designed the copper dragon located at each corner as well as the decorative concrete sides.

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    Dragon bridge

    by paragianna75 Written Feb 18, 2008

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    There is a myth about this bridge situated not far from the famous triple bridge.According to this myth when a virgin passes the bridge the dragons wag their tails.
    But another myth/legend is more interesting to me since Jason the leader of Argonauts on his way back to Iolkos with his ship by a mistake he ended up in Ljubljanica river.There he met and killed the terrible dragon and after that the dragon became the symbol of the city.

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    Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most)

    by Dabs Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    This was my favorite bridge in Ljubljana, the four corners of the bridge topped with the symbol of Ljubljana, green, angry dragons with curly spiked tails and wings poised ready for flight. It was completed in 1901 by Croatian architect Jurij Zaninovich (not Plecnik!) on the site of the former wooden Butcher's Bridge.

    The dragon became the symbol of Ljubljana because of the Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts. Jason, aboard the ship Argo, stole the Golden Fleece from the King of Colchia. While escaping he made a wrong turn, instead of heading to the Aegean, he ended up on the Danube which flows to the Sava River and then the Ljubljanica River where they dismantled the ship and carried it to the Adriatic Sea. On their way they came across a big lake with a monster that Jason slew, the monster was the Ljubljana dragon. In addition to the bridge, a dragon adorns the coat of arms of Ljubljana.

    The Dragon Bridge does have traffic on it so be careful when you are trying to get photos not to get hit by a car. I thought the best shots were from the east side of the bridge looking west so you can get some of the buildings in the background.

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    Legend about the City's Origin

    by Glorija Written Jun 14, 2007

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    Legend has it that Ljubljana was founded by the Greek mythological hero Jason and his companions, the Argonauts, who had stolen the golden fleece from King Aetes and fled from him across the Black Sea and up the Danube, Sava and Ljubljanica rivers.

    They stopped at a large lake in the marsh near the source of the Ljubljanica, where they disassembled their ship to be able to carry it to the Adriatic Sea, put it together again, and return to Greece. The lake where they made a stop was the dwelling place of a monster. Jason fought the monster, defeated it and killed it. The monster, now referred to as the Ljubljana Dragon, found its place atop the castle tower on the Ljubljana coat of arms.

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    Zmajski most (Dragon bridge)

    by Vanity666 Updated Jun 4, 2007

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    The only work of Secessionist architecture to take the form of a bridge, it forms the eastern boundary of the city’s compact center and was the first bridge in the world to be built with reinforced concrete. Cars crossing the bridge pass continue along Kopitarjeva ulica, which runs through a tunnel beneath Castle Hill, coming out on the far side of the old town at Karlovska cesta. This route might seem irrelevant, except for the fact that it runs through what the city’s earliest residents believed to be a dragon’s lair, leading them to adopt the mythical beast as the symbol of the city. This, in turn, occasioned the placement of dragons (on pedestals) at its four corners.

    The bridge was originally named The Jubilee Bridge of the Emperor Franz Josef I (Jubljeni Most), which accounts for the dates 1848 and 1888, which appear on its south side. Interestingly, the greatest advocate for this rather imperialist structure was Ivan Hribar, who served as Ljubljana’s mayor between 1896 and 1910, one of the first ethnic Slovenes to do so. The famously punctual Hribar remains one of Ljubljana’s greatest figures because of his largely successful attempts to modernize his home city in the wake of the 1895 earthquake, but it’s somewhat ironic that the structure most closely associated with his leadership opened 3 years late. Despite the dates on the bridge, it was actually originally intended to open in 1898 to celebrate Franz Josef’s Golden Jubilee.

    However, the bridge’s grandiloquent original name never caught on, as Ljubljancani simply called it Zmajski most in honor of the sculptures. Hribar was must have been very pleased in 1919, when this change in nomenclature from a tribute to a foreign monarch to a reference to a local legend was made official, along with the Slovene language itself.

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