At the top of the highest Slovenian mountain, Mt. Triglav, proudly stands a tower built by priest Jakob Aljaž from the village of Dovje near Mojstrana. He was a great patriot, who wanted to resist the Germanization of the Slovenian people in the 19th century at the time of the Austria-Hungary Empire. In this period, Slovenians fought as a nation to establish their own identity, while facing the enormous pressure of Germanization.
As Triglav even at that time was a symbol of the Slovenian nation, the patriotic priest wanted to make sure it stayed a part of Slovenia. In fact, he noticed that many foreigners were interested in the Slovenian mountains. Jakob Aljaž bought the top of Triglav for one Austro-Hungarian gulden, with the purpose of erecting a tower. It has been standing there for 120 years.
Although the Aljaž Tower is a symbol, its meaning is not the same as that of Triglav, the highest mountain that looks over Slovenia. The Aljaž Tower represents the person who stands on the top of Triglav and tells us that this is the Slovenian soul.