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Drnovšek, Tito, Napoleon …

Embark on a trip to Zaplana, where great leaders walked and dined.
Roman warrior
Roman warrior
Roman wall (CAI)
Roman wall (CAI)
Fort - Rupnik line at Zaplana
Fort - Rupnik line at Zaplana
Fort in the forest
Fort in the forest

Zaplana is a village west of Vrhnika in the eastern Rovte Hills; it consists of a group of small settlements. Zaplana has also attracted world leaders. Former Slovenian President Janez Drnovšek enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere here, it was visited by Yugoslav dictator Tito, and some references even mention Napoleon Bonaparte.

The region has had an important strategic military position since antiquity. Remnants of a Roman defensive wall (Claustra Alpinum Iuliarum) built in the 3rd to 4th century can still be seen. In the Vrhnika area the wall was over 10 km long, 1 m wide, and 2 to 3 m high, and it protected the Roman Empire from invasion by eastern tribes.

Before the Second World War, a defensive line was built at Zaplana known as the Rupnik Line.The Kingdom of Yugoslavia expected to be attacked by Italy and began to build a system of fortifications in the territory of western Slovenia. The line was named after the Yugoslav General of Slovenian descent, Leon Rupnik. The Slovenian part of the defensive line, however, never participated in direct conflict. It was abandoned before the general Italian attacks due to the withdrawal of the Yugoslav army. You can discover the role and functioning of the bunkers if you take the thematic trail Rupnik Line.

Tito's visit to Zaplana

Josip Broz Tito visited Vrhnika four times with Naser and other important politicians. People of Vrhnika were always honored and thrilled when he came. During one of his visits he wanted to try authentic local food, so he took a short trip to Zaplana …

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