It is historically more believable that the dragon was adopted from Saint George, the patron of the Ljubljana Castle chapel built in the 15th century.
In the legend of Saint George, the dragon represents the old ancestral paganism overcome by Christianity.
According to another explanation, related to the second, the dragon was at first only a decoration above the city coat of arms.
are among the most notable archeological findings from the marshland.
These lake-dwelling people lived through hunting, fishing and primitive agriculture.
To get around the marshes, they used dugout canoes made by cutting out the inside of tree trunks.
Clockwise from top: Ljubljana Castle in the background and Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in the foreground; Visitation of Mary Church on Rožnik Hill; Kazina Palace at Congress Square; view from Ljubljana Castle towards the north; Ljubljana City Hall; Ljubljanica with the Triple Bridge in distance.
It was under Habsburg rule from the Middle Ages until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918.
Situated at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region, it was the historical capital of Carniola, Its central geographic location within Slovenia, transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions, and cultural tradition are contributing factors to its leading position. In the Middle Ages, both the river and the town were also known by the German name Laibach.
This name was in official use as an endonym until 1918, and it remains frequent as a German exonym, both in common speech and official use.
The city is called in Italian Lubiana and in Latin: argued at the same place for the thesis that the name Ljubljana derives from Ljubija, the original name of the Ljubljanica River flowing through it, itself derived from the Old Slavic male name Ljubovid, "the one of a lovely appearance".
The name Laibach, he claimed, was actually a hybrid of German and Slovene and derived from the same personal name. There are several explanations on the origin of the Ljubljana Dragon.