Path of Remembrance and Comradeship

Path of Remembrance and Comradeship
The path marked in red on an openstreetmap of Ljubljana
One of the many avenues along the path, near the Bežigrad district
Remains of an Italian military bunker in the Šiška district

The Path of Remembrance and Comradeship (Slovene: Pot spominov in tovarištva, acronym PST), also referred to as the Path along the Wire (Pot ob žici), the Path around Ljubljana (Pot okoli Ljubljane) or the Green Ring (Zeleni prstan), is an almost 33-kilometre long and 4-metre wide gravel-paved recreational walkway around the city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It was completed in 1985 and runs along the course of the barbed wire fence that surrounded Ljubljana during World War II, when Italian and later German occupying forces tried to prevent contact between the city and the surrounding countryside. The path is waymarked by signposts, information boards with the map of the path, plaques and metal markers, as well as signposts at the turn-offs. At the former positions of the bunkers of the occupying army 102 memorial octagonal stones designed by the architect Vlasto Kopač have been laid. Along the green area adjacent to it, 7,400 trees of 49 tree species have been planted.

The path is used by many residents of Ljubljana each day. The most popular form of recreation on it is walking and jogging. Cycling is also permitted on condition that pedestrians are not endangered. During snowy winters, cross-country ski tracks are provided at some of its sections. Each year since 1957, on the weekend closest to 9 May, the traditional recreational March along the Path around Ljubljana (Pohod po Poti okoli Ljubljane) takes place to mark the liberation of Ljubljana on 9 May 1945. Those who walk the entire distance and collect stamps at all 8 checkpoints receive a memorial badge and a medal.

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Coordinates: 46°3′8.16″N 14°30′49.05″E / 46.0522667°N 14.513625°E / 46.0522667; 14.513625


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