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The church of Saint Ana (Sveta Ana) is a small hill with a stunning view that offers two nice hiking trails perfect for an afternoon or morning hike.
Head southwards from Ljubljana and you'll soon find yourself in the Ljubljana Moors National Park (Krajinski Park Ljubljansko Barje). This is a 160-sq km natural bogland comprising marshes and peat bogs.
In the middle of this vast expanse of marshland lies a solitary hill with an old church atop. The church of Sveta Ana sits at an altitude of 384m. This lovely old church is from the 16th century, and sits in place of the original gothic church that once stood here.
This small round hill provides panoramic views of the whole of the moors, across to the city of Ljubljana, the Polhov Gradec Dolomites, the Kamnik Alps and the forested slopes of Krim Mountain right behind. On a clear enough day you can also see Mount Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain peak. This is a great place to watch the sunrise, especially when there is low lying mist around:
Two hiking trails
This is a popular hiking spot for locals, but not so well known to foreign visitors. Therefore it's a great option if you are looking for a more authentic experience in Slovenia. Two hiking trails lead to the top. The easier of the two starts from a small car park near the village of Preserje. It follows a gravel road and takes about 20 minutes.
Another, slightly more demanding trail leads from Podpeč Lake (Podpeško Jezero) on the other side and takes you up through the forested hillside. This one takes about 30 minutes.
The legend of the dragon
Legend tells of a great dragon that once inhabited the Ljubljana Moors but was reputedly slain by the Greek hero Jason while he was camped here with his Argonauts. However, Locals believe that while he was defeated he didn't die and retreated into his hiding place on the Moors. They say that Sveta Ana hill covers the dragon’s head, while his great body lies under Podpec Lake and his tail stretches right the way to Krim Mountain. When the dragon stirs and whips his tail, water from the subterranean springs rises up and floods the whole of the Ljubljana Moors.