Julian Alps

Julian Alps

The Eastern Julian Alps and Mount Triglav
Highest point
Peak Triglav
Elevation 2,864 m (9,396 ft)
Coordinates 46°23′N 13°50′E / 46.383°N 13.833°E / 46.383; 13.833

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′N 13°45′E / 46.33°N 13.75°E / 46.33; 13.75Coordinates: 46°20′N 13°45′E / 46.33°N 13.75°E / 46.33; 13.75
Parent range Southern Limestone Alps

The Julian Alps (Slovene: Julijske Alpe, Italian: Alpi Giulie) 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. They are named after Julius Caesar, who founded the municipium of Cividale del Friuli at the foot of the mountains. A large part of the Julian Alps is included in Triglav National Park. The second highest peak of the range, the 2,775 m high Jôf di Montasio, lies in Italy.

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

Eastern Julian Alps

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 important peaks are visible by height and massiveness. 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:

View from Mangart toward east (from left to right: Ponca, Špik, Mojstrovka, Škrlatica, Razor, Prisank, Travnik, Triglav, Kanjavec, Jalovec, Lepo špičje), ...


The Julian Alps seen from the Vršič Pass.

Important passes of the Julian Alps are:

See also

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