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Croatia - Palaces, castles, fortresses and more





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Croatia-Trakošćan

Trakoscan Castle is a magnificent 13th century gothic style castle, Trakoscan Castle by design was built on a large hilltop overseeing its current day vast and elegant parklands, historically it was to allow its inhabitants to see into the far distance any attacking enemies.
Trakoscan Castle is an impressive structure consisting of 4 massive levels, which includes a dungeon, Trakoscan Caste is arguably Croatia's best-known and most picturesque castle, its design and location, makes it a. complete postcard photograph.


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Veliki tabor

Veliki Tabor castle, located in the Hrvatsko zagorje region, is numbered among the most attractive and best-preserved monuments of medieval fortification architecture in Croatia and in this part of Europe.
Veliki Tabor (Great Encampment) is a fortified medieval aristocratic hilltop burg situated in the northwestern part of the Hrvatsko zagorje region in the municipality of Desinić.
The oldest sections of this top-category cultural monument date from the 12th century, while its current appearance dates from the 19th century. Veliki Tabor castle was owned by many prominent Croatian families, such as the Counts Celjski, and it was after their possession that the unhappy legend of Veronika Desinićka emerged.
The castle covers over 3,000 square metres of floor space and its interior contains, among other things, galleries adorned with circular columns, a court chapel, a wine cellar with a large winepress, a large well and the most attractive part of Veliki Tabor – the grand rustic hall.
The castle houses many collections, such as those featuring old vehicles and pottery, and a well stocked ethnographic collection. A noteworthy visual arts gallery, a presentation of the first medications factory, presentations of fencing, musketeers and the armour of the “wretched knight” are only a few of the fascinating exhibits in this engrossing museum and excursion grounds in the Hrvatsko zagorje region, Croatia.

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Manor Lužnica

The single-storey baroque castle Lužnica located about 20 km from Zagreb between the villages and Zaprešić Brdovec, and is a first class cultural monument and one of the most beautiful castles in Hrvatsko Zagorje (north-western region of Croatia). Which is equipped with numerous footpaths large forest park (about 8 hectares) with a lake with the castle is a landscape unit. The castle was probably the beginning of the 18th Century built. The earliest reference dates back to 1761, in the dedication of the chapel is an authentic Graf.

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Trsat castle-Rijeka

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Caslte Drivenik
Drivenik Castle sits on top of Glavica hill (181m) overlooking the small village of Drivenik near the Vinodolska dolina (Vine Valley) of western Croatia. In Croatian it is known as 'Gradina Drivenik' and is mentioned in Vinodol's law code from 1288.
It was built by the Frankapans Dukes as the residence for their feudal Envoy-Captain. In the 16th century Drivenik Castle was increased in size in Renaissance style and rounded towers were added. Today the castle is the main tourist attraction in Drivenik and nearby is the Church of St. Dujma.


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castle Ozalj

On a limestone, above the peaceful Kupa river, the Old Castle the symbol of Ozalj and the heart of its historical development was built. Inside its walls as well as in the city area one can see a lot of prehistoric, old Roman and medieval archeological finds. The first written record about the city dates from 1244. The owners of the castle were the most powerful aristocratic families: Babonic, Frankopan, Zrinski. In the 17th century goes Ozalj as an unofficial Croatian residence through its most glistening period. Viceroy Petar Zrinski has his residence here, and the literary-linguistic circle of Ozalj "rules" over the cultural life. With the tragic execution of Viceroy Petar Zrinski and Count Fran Krsto Frankopan in 1671 the blossom of the city was interrupted by force. In the 18th century, the major renovation of the castle was made by the new owners (Perlas and Batthyani) who gave the previously gothic castle its contemporary baroque form. By its value belongs the Old Castle Ozalj to the first monument category. A rich collection of the Home Museum is located there.
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Castle Valpovo

Extremely scenic and stylish layered complex of castle-Prandau Normann constitute a medieval tower with a part of the walls of the former fort, chapel, courtyard side wings, inner courtyard and baroque-classicist palace fašade, and all are surrounded by defense trenches and parks. This unique architectural ensemble is never actually ceased to be a fortress, nor has it become completely castle and its visitors and today fronts a wide variety of surprising and unexpected vistas.





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Čakovec-castle Zrinski

When in 1546 the Zrinski Counts acquired possession of Medimurje, Governor Nikola Zrinski rebuilt the Cakovec Castrum into a strong Renaissance fortress in the face of the Turkish threat. The new single-storey palace was encircled by a system of strong defence walls; next to the existing walls with semicircular towers Renaissance bastions were erected. The fortress surrounded by water ditches was linked to the land by a long wooden bridge.
Following the earthquake of 1738, the Czech Counts of Althan, who were then the lords of Medimurje, restored the palace and the fortress according the design of the court architect Anton Erhard Martinelli. The palace was rebuilt in the baroque style and the Renaissance tower pulled down, while a new one was erected on the palace fortifications. The new, imposing two-storey baroque palace with a courtyard has preserved its original appearance to the present date. In 1791, Medimurje was purchased by the Festetic Counts who in the period from 1855 to 1870 used a part of the Old Town palace as a sugar factory. During the Second World War, the northern wing of the palace was damaged in bombing.
The reconstruction following the war destruction lasted from 1945 to 1948. Through the establishment of the Museum in the Old Town fortress in 1954 and its occupancy of the Old Town palace in 1968, the Cakovec Museum of Medimurje became the owners of the Old Town of Cakovec, thus taking on the responsibility of its restoration. The restoration efforts have been continued to the present day under expert supervision and authorisation of the Ministry of Culture's Board for the Protection of Croatia's Cultural and Natural Heritage, Conservation Section.


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Castle Grobnik

Castle - City Grobnik Castle has Roman foundations, which date back to the II. century. The castle was built Frankopans 1225th year. On the sources mentioned in the Codex Vinodol's- 1228th year. 1550. The Catherine Frankopan married for Nikola Zrinski Siget, thus Tower goes into having the family Zrinski. After conspiracy Zrinsko - Frankopanski's 1671. The castle changed owners. The last owner was a noble family of Thurn - Taxis.
















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Castle Grimani-Sveti Vinčenat

The north part of the Placa (central square) is almost entirely occupied by the stone Grimani Castle - the best preserved castle on the peninsula and the biggest building in the town, which has been for centuries its most distinctive feature, the symbol of Svetvincenat Today, the castle Grimani is one of the most beautiful Venetian buildings in Istria dating from the 16th century

















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fortress Nehaj-Senj

The Nehaj fortress, the symbol of Senj, was built in 1558. Under the supervision of the captain and the general of the Croatian military area Ivan Lenković and the captain Herbart the 8th. It is built of the material of the ruined churches, monasteries and houses which were situated out of the city walls.
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Castle Brod na Kupi

The Zrinski castle is a cultural monument of the "first category". In 1651 Petar Zrinski had its castle built in Brod na Kupi, probably on the foundations of an earlier castle built by the Frankopan family in the 15th century. In order to ensure better use of the natural resources, Petar Zrinski moved the administrative and judicial authorities from their earlier seats in the Vinodolski area (Hreljin, Bribir, Ledenice) to Brod na Kupi. Today the Zrinski castle is a simple three-storey stone building with a pyramidal roof. It appears that the third storey was originally made of wood. On the ground floor, the original arrangement of rooms has been preserved, while the layout of the chambers on the first and second floors has been changed by subsequent reconstructions. An underground passage leads from the ground floor to the Kupica river and the nearby cave. This interesting building once combined the fortifying and housing functions, which makes it particularly valuable. The Zrinski castle is finaly becoming the heritage and forestry museum with several thematic floors devoted to the goranian tradition of life and basic historical facts.






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fortress Sisak





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Castle Ilok

The Odescalchi Castle is the central building situated in the medieval town of Ilok, housing the famous old Ilok cellars and the Museum of the Town of Ilok.
The Odescalchi Castle is an impressive building built on the foundations of the castle of King Nikola Iločki from the 15th century. Nikola's medieval castle with the entire Ilok estate, which at the time occupied the greater part of Srijem, were given by Emperor Leopold to Pope Innocent XI Odescalchi and his family as a reward for their help in liberating Ilok from the Turks. The Pope's nephews, aristocrats from Italy, expanded the castle and changed its style. The castle was eventually rebuilt in the Baroque-Classicist style.










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Castle Stara Sušica

Castle was built by Frankopans. According to some sources, Frankopans had a tower in Stara Sušica which was not occupied by the Turks.
In the 19th century, the castle was owned by Count Laval Nugent. Two merchants from Rijeka, Feliks and Joseph Neuberger bought it in 1890. The castle was restored in the romantic style.









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Castle Ribinik

Ribnik Castle, near Ozalj, is originally from the 14th century. Restoration and renovation of Ribnik castle took place in the 19th century, and some of its Gothic and Renaissance style details are preserved.










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Great collection of castles in Croatia.
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Castle Dubovac-Karlovac

Originally built in the 13th century, the present castle underwent several redesigns at the hands of the Frankopans and the French, but the exterior has since been restored to some semblance of its former medieval splendor. Inside, the castle has seen better days, and renovation is afoot.

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