National symbols of Slovenia
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Political and ethnic symbols
- The most common and recognizable of these are the National anthem of Slovenia and the Flag of Slovenia.
- The Coat of arms of Slovenia, a part of the flag itself.
- A leaf of a Linden or Lime tree, an important part of Slovene national heritage. Village assemblies, councils and other gatherings were traditionally held around circular tables beneath such a tree.
- The stylized graphical representation of the three peaks of Mount Triglav, the central device of the current coat of arms, has functioned as a national symbol since World War II, having been the emblem of the Liberation Front and subsequent communist-era arms.
- The coat of arms of Carniola or just its eagle are still considered national symbols, being the signs of one of the two historical Slavic duchies, Carniola and Carantania, but are considered historic rather than current ones.
- The principal symbols of Carantania, such as the Prince's Stone and the Duke's Chair, are considered Slovene national symbols by Slovenes, but this point of view has been opposed by Slovene scholars[which?] and many Austrians, most notably Jörg Haider.
- In the late 1980s, several symbols from the Middle Ages were revived as Slovene national symbols, though their use is largely restricted to nationalist circles. Among them, the most popular are the so-called Slovene Hat, the crest of the coat of arms of the Slovene March, and the Black Panther, a reconstruction of the supposed coat of arms of the principality of Carantania.
- Another symbol connected to Triglav comes from the folktale of the Goldenhorn, a mythical chamois living in an enchanted garden near its summit.
- The carnation is widely cultivated in Slovenia; the red carnation in particular is considered the national flower.
- Creatures endemic to Slovenia, including the olm, the Carniolan honey bee or the Lipizzaner horse are sometimes also considered as representing the Slovene national identity.
- The painting of The Sower (1907) by Ivan Grohar, writings by the Protestant reformer Primož Trubar and France Prešeren, the Slovene Romantic poet, are also considered national symbols. The latter's work includes the national anthem.
- Distinctive architecture such as the hayrack also fits into this category, notably the double kozolec known as a toplar.
- Slovene Lands
- History of Slovenia
- Culture of Slovenia
- Slovene euro coins
- Black panther (symbol)
This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (March 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
- Republic of Slovenia Government Communication Office
- Dr. Jožko Šavli (2007). Karantanija. Bilje, SLO: Založba Humar. ISBN 978-961-6097-29-1.
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