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    A city sprung from legend

    by GillianMcLaughlin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Zmajski most - Dragon Bridge

    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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    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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    Dragon Bridge

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 13, 2011

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    Dragon Bridge by night

    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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    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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    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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    Are dragons always green?

    by maple_air Updated Jan 15, 2007

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    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 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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    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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    The Dragon Bridge

    by Umea6 Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    Dragon is a symbol of Ljubljana and Dragon Bridge is the most recognisable bridge across river Ljubljanica in Ljubljana. On each side of the bridge is a dragon guarding and protecting the city.
    Here used to be a wooden bridge, but it was rebuilt due to increased traffic.

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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 (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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    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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    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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    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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