Oh, hey! I’ve been having so much fun working on my future April AtoZ posts that I nearly forgot to make a regular post for this week! But I’ve had this idea for a while, so now is the perfect time to share. This photo is called Dragon on Ljubljana Bridge by U.K. photographer Victoria Reay.
I initially looked into this bridge after seeing a similar photo in my 1,000 Places to See Before You Die page-a-day calendar, but I think Victoria’s photo is even better than the one from the calendar. Further searching proved that this is a very popular bridge to photograph when in the capital city of Slovenia, and indeed, according to the Ljubljana official tourist website, “If you haven’t been photographed next to a Dragon Bridge dragon, you can hardly claim that you have visited Ljubljana.” The site continues:
Constructed between 1900 and 1901, it was Ljubljana’s first reinforced concrete structure and one of the largest bridges of its kind to be built in Europe. … The Dragon Bridge was given its Art Nouveau appearance by the Dalmatian architect Jurij Zaninović, … [who] designed the concrete slabs in which the reinforced concrete structure is clad, the balustrades, and the sheet-copper dragon statues. The bridge’s original decorations also include the parapet lamps, once powered by gas.
I hope you enjoyed these dragon statues — I know that if I ever get to take my European dream vacation, I’ll be marking Ljubljana, Slovenia, as a must-see not only for this bridge, but to enjoy what looks to be a really beautiful city. For more info you can check out A Travel Guide to Ljubljana the City of Dragons and Myth, an article on The Fairytale Traveler site, written by William Bundy.
Thanks for reading — take care and stay creative, and wish me luck as I continue prepping for what I hope will be an amazing April AtoZ Challenge!
Dragon on Ljubljana Bridge by U.K. photographer Victoria Reay
Postcards of the Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana 1915 by Razglednice Milene Žnidaršič
Dragon Bridge by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo
L’art Nouveau a Ljubljana by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra