One time Laibach, suffered an earthquake in 1895, the mess was cleaned up and from the rubble rose a delightful art nouveau bricks and mortar phoenix. The Slovenian capital continues to impress visitors today. Those not already saturated by the old towns of Mittel Europa are here gifted yet another photogenic centre piece square, not to mention a castle and a river lined with bars and restaurants, Ljubljana is a visitor friendly city that throws up very few surprises. Except for perhaps two…..
In a landlocked country better known for it’s skiing than its sailing I was surprised to see a large anchor on display in said old town square – Presernov trg. A statue of national poet France Preseren, well yes that made sense as did the Church of the Annunciation dating back to the 17th century. However the anchor was something of a mystery…..cursory research revealed that the anchor was symbolic of victory over the Italians at some point in the 1950’s.
I was perhaps slightly more surprised to discover in a smaller square not far from Presernov trg, a dalek disguised as a giant bobble hat!