Friday, 21 March 2014

Celje and its castle, Slovenia


Forming an impressive sight at the confluence of several rivers, Celje is the third largest city of Slovenia.  It is prone to minor earthquakes occasionally, but we didn't experience any.  The main attraction is of course the 14th century castle on top of the hill, overlooking the town like a father watching his son.

Located up on 1,300 feet, the castle is a fortified Romanesque palace.  Written records actually date back to early 12th century, but the fortress-castle was probably burned down and the present one rebuilt from the ruins.  By the 15th and 16th century, it became one of the most important castles across the entire Eastern Alps (Switzerland, Northern Italy, etc).  Its many architectural elements became a model for builders of the region.

It is now an excellent museum and a vibrant cultural venue.  Just the view alone is worth the trip, which is just under an hour from Ljubljana.  We, however, drove up from the south, following the Sava river.  The scenic drive is blessed with small towns and the gorgeous Slovenia countryside. Slovenian railway also stops at Celja the city, and from there it is only a short cab ride to the castle.  

Official website: http://castle.grad-celje.com/













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