Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana

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    Are dragons always green?

    by maple_air Updated Jan 15, 2007

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    Dragon 1st

    Well... Puff, Draco, and this Ljubljana dragon, they all seem to be green colored or of similar hue.hmmm?

    Anyway , the Zmazski Most or the Dragon Bridge, is one of the landmarks of this city. It has 4 dragons, 2 each on both side. It was built in 1901, in Art Nouveau style.And was built on the former Butcher's Bridge.

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    Here be dragons ...

    by fivesilver Written Dec 2, 2006

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    Dragon bridge

    Definitely one of the city's most memorable landmarks. Like most things, a short walk from the centre. Fierce but endearing dragons guard each end of this bridge. Just try not to get run over looking for the best angle for a picture.

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    The 3 bridges of Ljubljana

    by xuessium Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    The city of 3 bridges. Well, truthfully there are more but in the old town area, these are the famous 3.

    TRIPLE BRIDGE (TROMOSTOVJE)
    Extremely close to Presernov Trg, this is possibly the most photographed spot in Ljubljana. The original bridge was built in 1842, and broadened and further beautified in 1929 by Joze Plecnik (remember this name). Plecnik added Renaissance styled balustrades and rows of lamps.

    SHOEMAKERS/COBBLERS BRIDGE (CEVLJARSKI MOST)
    To the south from Triple Bridge, you'll find the indulgently wide Shoemakers/Cobblers Bridge, name so after a group of local cobblers whom had set up trading booths there. It was built in 1932, again by Plecnik.

    DRAGON BRIDGE (ZMASJSKI MOST)
    Definitely by far, the most eye-catching of the 3 bridges. Eastwards from Triple Bridge, this bridge is guarded by 4 delicately crafted menacing looking greenish dragons (pointed snout, swirling tail and all; all that is missing are balls of fire) and one that is (surprise!) not a work of Plecnik. Completed in 1901 by the Croatian Jurij Zaninovich in Secessionist style after the then city mayor managed to convince the Emperor of that time that another bridge was needed to help folks cross the river.

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    by Willettsworld Written Aug 12, 2006

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    This bridge replaced an older wooden bridge called the Butcher's Bridge which was built in 1819. The current bridge was built between the years 1900 to 1901 under the name of Jubilee Bridge, and was Slovenia's first bridge with an asphalt paving. It is one of Ljubljana's most representative examples of Art Nouveau architecture, the city's first reinforced concrete bridge, and one of the first bridges of its kind in Europe. The four copper dragons depict the symbol of Ljubljana and were designed by architect Jurij Zaninoviæ. The original designed were actually based on winged lions and not dragons and it is said by locals that the dragons wag their tails whenever a virgin crosses the bridge.

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    Dragon Bridge - Zmajski Most

    by Airpunk Written Jun 5, 2006

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    A few meters away from the famous triple bridge, you will find another famous Ljubljana bridge, the dragon bridge. It was built in 1901 by Josef Melan century when Ljubljana was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Melan used a new system of cunstruction on this bridge which later became popular in Europe and the USA. There are four bronze dragons as "gate guards", two on each side of the bridge.

    Some background about the dragons: It is said that Jason, greek hero and leader of the Argonauts, fought with a dragon and killed it at the place where Ljubljana stands now. Although the legend is quite old, it was not until the recent centuries that the dragon got its symbloic character for Ljubljana. Jurij Zaninovica designed the dragons you see sitting on this bridge.

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    Dragon Bridge

    by barryg23 Written Jan 26, 2006

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    Dragon Bridge

    The Dragon Bridge lies to the north-east of the old town and takes its name from the statues of dragons on either side.

    According to Lonely Planet: "Locals say the dragons wag their tails whenever a virgin crosses the bridge", though this sounds to me like one of those tall tales you read in a guide which actually turn out to be rubbish. Any locals agree with me?

    The walk between on the north bank of the river between this bridge and the Triple Bridge offers great views of the old town and the castle.

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    Zmajski Most

    by viddra Written Dec 31, 2005

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    Dragons are the symbol of Ljubljana. You can find them everywhere; on coat-of-arms, street lamps, façades or on a bridge.

    The Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most), with 4 green dragons guarding the entrances, is 1 of the most famous ones over the Ljubljanica River. When it was built in 1901, following the designs of Jurij Zaninovich, it was 1 of the largest reinforced concrete bridges in Europe.

    The picture's showing my sister and me in front of a dragon.

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    Photoshoot friendly Ljubljanica river!

    by Paisleypaul Updated Nov 5, 2005

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    Triple Bridge shot from the Dragon Bridge
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    Go to the Zmajski Most / Dragon Bridge and take a shot of the Triple Bridges and the buildings of Preseren Square reflecting therein. The Ljubljanica always appeared very still which gives great photographic opportunities to those who like to view the world upside down as well.....!

    Plus, obviously, check out them dragons !

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    The symbol of Ljubljana

    by leplaya Updated Oct 30, 2005

    Though this is one of the newer bridges in Ljubljana (built in the 20th century), it is perhaps the most famous. On top of the bridge sits giant dragons, which makes it a great photo opportunity... so wait in line. The bridge is located east of Preseren trg.

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    Zmajski Most (Dragon Bridge)

    by himalia11 Written Oct 1, 2005

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    The Dragon Bridge was build 1901 as one of the first ferroconcrete construction in Europe. There are four dragons, it looks really nice!

    The Dragon is the symbol of Ljubjlana, and there’s a legend about a dragon. It says that Ljubljana was founded by the Greek hero Jason, the leader of the Argonauts. He had captured the Golden Fleece and on this escape he came to the place where Ljubljana is found now. He there came across a dragon and had a fight with it in which he killed the dragon.

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    Zmajski most ( dragon bridge ) green monster

    by hundwalder Updated Aug 3, 2005

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    Emporer Franz Josef guards his bridge.

    Zmajski most was completed in 1901 when Slovenija was was the southernmost part of the Habsburg Empire. It replaced the wooden Butcher's bridge. The bridge was one of the first steel reinforced concrete structures built in Europe. The architectural style is Art Nouveau. The parapet walls, the arches, and the lanterns, are the most noticeable architectural elements.

    A tarnished bronze dragon statue like the one shown occupies each corner of the bridge. The four beasts appear to be identical. The dragons were not included in the original bridge design. The bridge was officially named the Emporer Franz Josef Bridge, in honor of the reigning Habsburg emporer. As popular as Franz Josef may have been in Wien ( Vienna ), he was about as popular as a Tuberculosis epidemic in Slovenija. The Slovenes defiantly added the symbol of their city ( the dragons ) to the bridge, and have called it Zmajski most ever since.

    The dragon has been the symbol of Ljubljana for centuries. The part of the river where Ljubljana is now located, is where ancient Grecian mythology hero Jason slew the dragon when he and his Argonauts were carrying the Golden Fleece homeward. The name has stuck with Ljubljanans. People from Ljubljana ( especially sports teams ) are known as little dragons.

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    Here be Dragons!

    by mightywease Written Jun 12, 2005

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    The Dragon Bridge

    The Dragon is the symbol of Ljubljana, appearing on the city’s coat of arms. When the Zmajski Most was built in 1901 dragons were incorporated into the design and now stand on guard at both sides of the bridge.
    It was the intention that the bridge should be built to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef’s reign and the bridge was named after him. However, who can compete with dragons and over the years the bridge’s original name has been discarded and its informal name adopted. You’ll also find that dragons are extremely photogenic!

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    Dragon Bridge

    by deeper_blue Written Feb 19, 2005

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    The image of the Dragon Bridge is synonymous with Ljubljana. However it is not the main bridge spanning the Ljubljanica (that is the triple bridge in Preseren Square) the Dragon Bridge is a little further east.

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    by grkboiler Updated Dec 3, 2004

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    Dragon Bridge

    The Dragon Bridge, or Zmajski Most, was built in 1901. It was intended to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef but was 3 years late. The bridge was actually named after Franz Josef, but has been known as the Dragon Bridge since it was built.

    It was designed by Josef Melan and is the first bridge in the world to contain prefabricated concrete. Each corner of the bridge is decorated with a statue of a dragon, the symbol of Ljubljana, which guard the bridge.

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    The Dragon Bridge

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Oct 1, 2004

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    Dragon Bridge - Zmajski Most.

    The Dragon Bridge was built in 1901 and has four large dragons guarding the
    entrance on both sides. Dragons are the symbol of Ljubljana.
    When the bridge was built, it was one of the largest reinforced concrete bridges in Europe. The official name of the bridge was 'The Jubilee Bridge of the Emperor Franz Josef I' but I guess that was a bit long and it was unofficially renamed the Dragon Bridge.

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