The Šmarna gora Hill

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An aerial view of the top of the Šmarna gora hill

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One of the footpaths leading to the top or the Šmarna gora hill

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A chapel by the Skaručna Route, which starts by the road bridge above the motorway connecting the villages of Šmartno and Skaručna

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A view from the top of the Šmarna gora hill

Distance: 9 km
Direction: Ljubljana-Centre – Vižmarje – Tacen 

The ascent of the Šmarna gora hill (667 metres above sea level) takes from half an hour to a good hour at the most, depending on which trail you take. You can choose from around fifteen waymarked, well maintained and relatively undemanding routes. The top of the hill offers breathtaking views of the Kamniške Alpe and Julijske Alpe mountain ranges, the Ljubljana basin and the entire Dolenjska region with the mountain of Trdinov vrh on the border with Croatia.

Situated on top of Šmarna gora are a restaurant and the Baroque Church of the Mother of God (Cerkev Matere Božje), built in the first half of the 18th century. In this church, the famous Slovenian priest, composer and mountaineer Jakob Aljaž, also known as "The Priest of Triglav", who was born in the small village of Zavrh at the foot of Šmarna gora, was appointed as priest-in-charge for a period of time. The oldest attraction of Šmarna gora is the Plague Monument, which was erected by those who survived the 15th century Turkish invasions and plague. Also situated on top of the hill is the famous bell supposed to fulfil the secret wishes of those who ring it.

The western peak of Šmarna gora, which is 7 metres higher than its eastern peak, is called Grmada. During the times of Turkish invasions, bonfires were lit on top of it as a sign of the forthcoming danger. The peaks of Šmarna gora and Grmada are included in a 4.5 kilometre circular nature trail. The signboards set up along the way give descriptions of 832 plant and 263 fungus species.

Information:

Gostilna Ledinek (restaurant),
Šmarna gora 4, Ljubljana-Šmartno,
tel. +386 (0)1 511 65 55,
http://www.smarnagora.com.

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