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The Alps march across this image of Autumnal (early October) southern Europe. On either side of and above the Alps are the countries of (from left to right) France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Slovenia, while below the Alps is Italy. The Mediterranean and Ligurian Seas sit to the west of Italy, while to the right is the Adriatic Sea. As the season progresses, snow begins to whiten the Alps. Image courtesy of NASA.
Predjama Castle, built in the mouth of a cave complex set halfway up a 123 m (400 ft) vertical cliff face at the end of a valley in southwest Slovenia, is known as one of the most-extraordinary castles in the world. The first castle, constructed in 1274 in the Gothic style, was destroyed in a siege and later rebuilt, only to be destroyed again in an earthquake in 1511.  In 1570, the current castle was rebuilt in the Renaissance style, pressed next to a vertical cliff under the original medieval fortification. The castle has remained in this form, virtually unchanged, to the present day.
A farm field in Slovenia near Lake Bled, with the Julian Alps in the background. The structure on the right is a rack for drying hay, a design unique to Slovenia.
Lake Bled in Slovenia, with the Church of the Assumption at the left on little Bled Island, Bled Castle atop the cliffs on the right, and the Julian Alps towering in the background. Small boats with strong oarsmen ferry visitors to the island - to the musical accompaniment of an accordion.
The central skyline of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, as seen from atop the castle tower overlooking the city.
Assumption Church situated on an island in picturesque Lake Bled.
Slovenia’s Franciscan Church of the Annunciation is located in Prešeren Square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It was built between 1646 and 1660 and is the parish church of the city. Originally the church was painted red, the symbolic color of the Franciscan monastic order, but it faded to pink over time, and citizens liked the color. Since 2008, the church has been protected as a cultural monument of national significance.