Julian Alps

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Julian Alps
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The Eastern Julian Alps and Mount Triglav
Highest point
Peak Triglav
Elevation 2,864 m (9,396 ft)
Coordinates 46°23′N13°50′E / 46.383°N 13.833°E / 46.383; 13.833
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Julian Alps (in red) within the Alps.
The borders of the range according to
Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps
Countries Italy and Slovenia
Range coordinates 46°20′N13°45′E / 46.333°N 13.750°E / 46.333; 13.750 Coordinates: 46°20′N13°45′E / 46.333°N 13.750°E / 46.333; 13.750
Parent range Southern Limestone Alps

The Julian Alps (Slovene : Julijske Alpe, Italian : Alpi Giulie, Venetian : Alpe Jułie, Friulian : Alps Juliis) 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 of the former Yugoslavia. A large part of the Julian Alps is included in Triglav National Park. The second highest peak of the range, the 2,755 m high Jôf di Montasio, lies in Italy. [1]


The Julian Alps cover an estimated 4,400 km2 (of which 1,542 km2 lies in Italy). They are located between the Sava Valley and Canale Valley. They are divided into the Eastern and Western Julian Alps.


The Julian Alps were known in antiquity as Alpe Iulia, and also attested as Alpes Julianac. AD 670, Alpis Juliac. 734, and Alpes Iulias in 1090. [2] Like the municipium of Forum Julii (now Cividale del Friuli) at the foot of the mountains, the range was named after Julius Caesar of the Julian clan, [2] [3] perhaps due to a road built by Julius Caesar and completed by Augustus. [4]

Eastern Julian Alps

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Triglav from Debela Peč

There are many peaks in the Eastern Julian Alps over 2,000 m high, and they are mainly parts of ridges. The most prominent peaks are visible by their height and size. There are high plains on the eastern border like Pokljuka, Mežakla and Jelovica.

The main peaks by height are the following:

Western Julian Alps

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

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View from Mangart toward east (from left to right: Ponca, Špik, Mojstrovka, Škrlatica, Razor, Prisojnik, Travnik, Triglav, Kanjavec, Jalovec, Lepo Špičje


The Julian Alps seen from the Vrsic Pass. Julijske Alpe z Vrsica.jpg
The Julian Alps seen from the Vršič Pass.

Important passes of the Julian Alps are:

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  1. https://www.britannica.com/place/Julian-Alps
  2. 1 2 Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. pp. 44–45.
  3. Smith, William (1857). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, vol. 2. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company. p. 102.
  4. Waring, Samuel Miller (1819). The Traveller's Fire-Side; a Series of Papers on Switzerland, the Alps, Etc. London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy. pp. 30–31.