Mount Saint Mary

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Mount Saint Mary
Šmarna gora
Ljubljana (169) (3897559690).jpg
View of Mount Saint Mary from Castle Hill
Highest point
Elevation 676 m (2,218 ft)
Coordinates 46°7′47″N 14°27′49″E / 46.12972°N 14.46361°E / 46.12972; 14.46361Coordinates: 46°7′47″N 14°27′49″E / 46.12972°N 14.46361°E / 46.12972; 14.46361
Mount Saint Mary is located in Slovenia
Mount Saint Mary
Mount Saint Mary

Mount Saint Mary[1] (Slovene: Šmarna gora, German: Großkahlenberg[2][3]), originally known as Holm,[4] is an inselberg in the north of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The mountain is part of the city's Šmarna Gora District. It is the highest hill in the city and a popular hiking destination.[5][6]

The mountain, with the shape of a two-hump camel or woman's breasts,[7] has two peaks: Mount Saint Mary (Šmarna gora; 669 metres, 2,195 ft) to the west and Grmada (676 m, 2,218 ft) to the east. In clear conditions, the mountain offers a wide view. To the north, it is possible to see Mount Triglav and Mount Stol, and in the southern directions Mount Krim, Mount Snežnik, and Trdina Peak (Slovene: Trdinov vrh). The nearby hills are Bare Hill (Golo brdo), Tošč Face (Toško čelo), Rožnik, and Rašica.

The hill is surrounded by the villages of Vikrče and Spodnje Pirniče to the west, Zavrh pod Šmarno Goro to the north, and the former villages (now part of Ljubljana) of Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro and Tacen to the southeast.

The southern side of the mountain has trees such as downy oak and hop hornbeam, and the northern side is covered by a beech forest.

The bell tower on the top of the mountain rings each day half an hour before midday.[8]


  1. ^ Bratina Jurkovič, Nataša. 2014. "Perception, Experience and the Use of Public Urban Spaces by Residents of Urban Neighbourhoods". Urbani izziv 25(1): 107–125, p. 117.
  2. ^ Laibach (map, 1:75,000). 1918. Vienna: K.u.k. Militärgeographisches Institut.
  3. ^ Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 115.
  4. ^ "About Šmarna gora". Šmarna gora. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Settlements: Ljubljana". Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Burger, Boštjan. "Šmarna gora". Slovenia-Landmarks. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gora na pragu Ljubljane" [The Mountain at the Threshold of Ljubljana] (PDF). Varna pot (in Slovenian). Svet za preventivo in vzgojo v cestnem prometu Mestne občine Ljubljana. 12 (4). December 2012. ISSN 1580-6995. 
  8. ^ "Smarna gora". Retrieved 2016-04-13. 

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