Jeruzalem in Slovenia
Jeruzalem is part of the Slovenian region Prlekija. The hilly Jeruzalem is well known for its vineyards on terraces, where high quality white wine is produced. A drive on the wine road in fall rewards with amazing colourful views over most of the near and far region. Up on the hill is the church of the Sad Mother of God and the mansion Dvorec Jeruzalem, offering culinary pampering and overnight accommodation.
Jeruzalem is part of the Slovenian region Prlekija. The hilly Jeruzalem is well known for its vineyar...
Panorama from the courtyard of the church of St. John the Baptist in Ljutomer, Slovenia. Ljutomer is ...
Panorama of the main square (Glavni trg) in Ljutomer, Slovenia. The square was recently (2008) renewe...
Ljutomer city square renewed in 2008. Ljutomer is now the center of Prlekija. Traditionally it was pa...
Panorama of the railway station in Ljutomer, at dusk, after 3h train ride from the capital Ljubljana....
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The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
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Text by Steve Smith.