Julian Alps

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Julian Alps
V Julijci imena.jpg
The Eastern Julian Alps and Mount Triglav
Highest point
Peak Triglav
Elevation 2,864 m (9,396 ft)
Coordinates 46°23′N 13°50′E / 46.383°N 13.833°E / 46.383; 13.833
Countries Italy and Slovenia
Range coordinates 46°20′N 13°45′E / 46.33°N 13.75°E / 46.33; 13.75Coordinates: 46°20′N 13°45′E / 46.33°N 13.75°E / 46.33; 13.75
Parent range Southern Limestone Alps

The Julian Alps (Slovene: Julijske Alpe, Italian: Alpi Giulie) are a mountain range of the Southern Limestone Alps that stretch from northeastern Italy to Slovenia, where they rise to 2,864 m at Mount Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia and former Yugoslavia. They are named after Julius Caesar, who founded the municipium of Cividale del Friuli at the foot of the mountains. A large part of the Julian Alps is included in Triglav National Park. The second highest peak Jôf di Montasio or slovenian Montaž 2755 m lies in neighbouring Italy.

Julian Alps cover an estimated 4400 km² (of which 1542 km² lies in Slovenia). They are located between Sava valley and Kanalska Dolina. They are divided into Eastern and Western Julian Alps.

Eastern Julian Alps[edit]

Triglav from Debela peč

There are many peaks in the Eastern Julian Alps over 2000 m high, and they are mainly part of ridges. Most important peaks are visible by height and massiveness. There are high plains on the eastern border like Pokljuka, Mežakla and Jelovica.

Main peaks by height are the following:

Western Julian Alps[edit]

The Western Julian Alps cover much smaller area, mainly in Italy. Only the Kanin group lies in Slovenia. The main peaks by height are:

View from Mangart toward east (from left to right: Ponca, Špik, Mojstrovka, Škrlatica, Razor, Prisank, Travnik, Triglav, Kanjavec, Jalovec, Lepo špičje), ...


The Julian Alps seen from the Vršič Pass.

Important passes of the Julian Alps are:


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