TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK: UNIQUE
The only national park in Slovenia protects the last area of original alpine nature. Its international significance is confirmed by the European Diploma of the Council of Europe, listing as a Natura 2000 site and in particular, UNESCO’s decision to include the park in the international network of biosphere reserves, MAB in 2003.
Natural features: More than a thousand valuable natural features
Situated in an area of glacial lakes and valleys, karst springs and waterfalls and the remains of the once magnificent Triglav glacier - also called the Zeleni Sneg (Green snow) by the locals - the highest peaks take your breath away. Hidden between are typical high-mountain karstic phenomena and a subterranean world with over 600 caves discovered to date. Here's also the north face of Triglav, the second highest in the Julian Alps, and a number of natural windows, the largest being in Prisank (2,547 m) together with the famous Ajdovska Deklica rock formation that resembles the face of a young woman.
The park has a wealth of plant species: indigenous alpine flowers, the remains of virgin forests, larches over a millennium old, the most southern swamplands in Europe, a number of wetlands… It is also the habitat of numerous animal species, such as chamois, mountain goat, golden eagle, wildcat, western capercaillie, hazel grouse, Tengmalm's owl...
Cultural features: The architecture of rock and timber
In the park area, the architecture of rock and timer join together, with over 300 units of real-estate cultural heritage. It has 25 settlements, each with distinctive characteristics and herdsmen's settlements. Special mention should be made of the Pocar homestead in Zgornja Radovna, whilst the sacred architecture includes the Church of St. John and the Church of the Holy Spirit at Lake Bohinj, the small Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit at Javorca and the Russian chapel under the Vršič pass. A very special reminder of the past is the metal Aljaž Tower on the peak of Triglav, the highest Slovenian mountain (2,864 m), which gave the park its name.
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