Slovenia's capital city is brimming with history and culture - and no wonder. Ljubljana bears witness to all five millennia of its history. Apart from the remains of the Roman Emona, it boasts a medieval castle and numerous old city centre baroque buildings with uneven rooves, richly-decorated façades and portals. The mosaic of Ljubljana is completed by picturesque bridges across the Ljubljanica River and the vast Tivoli Park, which extends into the very centre of the city.
The centre of Ljubljana owes its appearance partly to the masters of the Italian baroque and partly to those of the Art Nouveau period, the latter being reflected in the style of many buildings built immediately after the earthquake of 1895. In the first half of the 20th century, it was the world famous Slovenian architect Jože Plecnik who stamped a strong personal mark on his birthplace. The city's appearance was later contributed to by his disciples and the "new wave" of distinguished young Slovenian architects.