Kranj

Kranj is the fourth biggest city in Slovenia, situated in the northeastern part of the country, built on the shores of Sava and Kokra rivers, on the way from Ljubljana to The Julian Alps. It was once populated by Romans who established there a fortified camp called Carniola, which in the next centuries became a dynamic urban center. Many of historic buildings are very well preserved including a small old town which measures 1km by 250 meters. One of the biggest attractions in Kranj is the St. Cantianius and Companions Parish Church which is the best example of a hall church in Slovenia. It combines different elements from the 15th century with a modern altar. Walking through the historic town you will see the Church of the Holy Rosary (Rozenvenska cerkev) built in the 16th century, which was a Protestant Sanctuary during Reformation, arcades added to the church by the architect Joze Plecnik, a fountain and monumental staircase. Another landmark of Kranj is the Renaissance Kieselstein Castle. Its construction was initiated in the 13th century and over the years underwent several changes, namely during the Turkish invasion in the 15th century, and later on, after it was bought by the baron Johann Jakob Khisl who gave it its present appearance. While visiting the castle the tourists should remember to see the beautiful arcaded courtyard and gardens where concerts and other cultural events take place nowadays.
The newest attraction of Kranj are the Tunnels under the old town center built during the World War II and used by citizens during frequent air-raid warnings and afterwards in the 80s and 90s to grow mushrooms.
Kranj is also well known as the city of sport. It has the biggest aquatic center in Slovenia and several other facilities like: football pitch, basketball court, tennis court, swimming pool, climbing wall. In 2003 Kranj hosted the Men’s European Water Polo Championship.
The city offers a wide range of natural sights and walking tours. A very easy destination is Smarjetna Gora where the Church of St Margaret stands, or the walk along the bank of the Kokra Rivier.

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