On the place where we can now found Ljubljana was first bigger and organizaed settlement when Romans build town in a shape of square surronded by high wall, called Emona. It is interesting that you can still see the remains of Roman wall in the western part of Ljubljana.There are a lot of other remains from the Roman period. However the most important one is the statue called Emonec. You can see the replica on the Kogres square where is also the new parking house. If you are interested in roman culture you can see more remains in City Museum or National Museum in Ljubljana. There is also open air Museum on Ejavčeva street where you can see also sewerage infrastructure from Roman Period. City of Emona was partly destroyed in year 314 by state war and almost completly destroye in year 452 when people moved from the city.
After the demolish in 452 there were not any big settlement in this place till 1125 when the city of Ljubljana was first mentioned on paper. In that time they buid Ljubljana city castle and three surrounding walls with 5 doors. Later there were few wars for the city but at the end the Hasburg monarchy got in charge and renaimed the city to Laibach. Ljubljana was under Hasburg monarchy almost till the end of first world war.
RENESANCE AND REFORMATION
In the year 1511 there was a big eartquake in Ljubljana that destroyed a big part of Ljubljana. As this was in the period of Renesance the city was rebuild mainly in Renesance style. In 1550 first book about slovenian language was printed by Primož Trubar (Abecednik) and also first bible was translated by Adam Bohorič. Later Antireformation, and Baroque period followed.
NAPOLEON and ILLYRIAN PROVINCE
When Napoleon Bonaparte occupaid the area where is now Slovenia. Ljubljana was the capital of Illyrian provinces and the offical spoken language was Slovene. In 1815 was Ljubljana again under Austrian gourment.
There was a lot of buildings constructed in 19. century. A lot of bridges was build accross Ljubljana and bank of Ljubljanica was designed. First train from Wien arrived in Ljubljana. Ljubljana recived also water infrastructure, electricity, modern sewer street train and fist cinema.
However at the year 1895 a lot of Ljubljana was destroyed in big earthquake that completly destroyed around 10% of all buildings. The city was rebuild in neoclasic design mostly by autrian and czech architecture.
After the end of Austro-Hungarian Empire in the first world war (1918), Ljubljana become under Kingdom of Serbian, Croatian and Sovenian. Ljubljana recived a Universe (1919)m National gallery (1918) and Academy science and art (1938). A new architecture that marked a Ljubljana was borned: Jože Plečnik. He redisnged a big part of Ljubljana and period was named also Plečnik’s Ljubljana. One of the most markable building is National and University Libary (NUK), open market, Three brigdges next to the prešeren square and also churches.
During the second war Ljubljana was divided in two parts: one under Italy and other under German gourment. After the end of second war Slovenia became part of Yugoslavia and was one of the best economical parts of Yugoslavia (this was also the reason that many people moved to Slovenia).
In the year 1990 (25.6.) the independece was declared and Slovenia has become independent. Since then Slovenia join EU and get an Euro in the year 2004. Ljubljana is modernising its infrastructure and buildings. A big part in that is also because of the mayor Zoran Jankovič.