Slovenia’s Dragons: From myth to reality

Many centuries ago, a man and the woman he loved killed a dragon to avenge his dead army. With the beast’s death, a city was born.

Fast forward to today and the presence of that beast is still felt all over the city. You can see him on manhole covers, on the city emblem, even on the crest of the local football team. If this level of reverence was not enough, you will see giant dragon statues glaring down at you from all four corners or a bridge called the Dragon Bridge — teeth-baring, fire-breathing beasts, with wings spread wide as if ready to take flight.