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Old June 10th, 2016, 07:28 PM   #1
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Croatian castles and fortresses

I will start of this thread with photos of my favorite Croatian castle.

Veliki Tabor

It was built in 12th century. The castle's present appearance dates back to the 16th century. Most of the castle was built by the Croatian noble family of Ratkaj, in whose ownership it remained until 1793.
The oldest part of the castle is the Five-Cornered Tower, built in the twelfth century. The other towers date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The entrance complex was built around 1820. The Croatian painter Oton Iveković owned the castle from 1927 to 1935. The roof consists of twelve different materials. The castle interior has galleries with round pillars. There is a large well, 31 m (102 ft) deep, and a former wine cellar. The large hall is decorated with halberds. The castle chapel on the first floor contains the skull of the legendary Veronika of Desinić.

Veliki Tabor in 1908.

















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Walls of Ston

The Walls of Ston are a series of defensive stone walls, originally more than 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long, that surrounded and protected the city of Ston, in Dalmatia. The Walls of Ston are the largest fortification system built in medieval Croatia.
The wall, today 5.5 kilometre long wall links Ston to Mali Ston, and is in the shape of an irregular pentangle. It was completed in the 15th century, along with its 40 towers (20 of which have survived) and 5 fortresses.
The town was entered by two city gates: the Field Gate (Poljska vrata) has a Latin inscription and dates from 1506. The centres of the system are the fortress Veliki kaštio in Ston, Koruna in Mali Ston and the fortress on Podzvizd hill (224 m).













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Valpovo - Castle Prandau-Normann

One of largest castles in Slavonia region. It is mix of medieval fortification and baroque castle. It consists of medieval tower, the tallest one in Slavonia (currently, due to bad condition of other medieval fortifications), chapel, baroque side wings built on medieval walls, and late baroque-classicist palace. The medieval fortress is first mentioned in 1438. The chapel was built in late 15th century in late gothic style. At the beginning of 16th century, the whole fortress was reconstructed in renaissance style by adding open porch with columns in courtyard. The newly reconstructed fortress was soon under siege by Ottoman Empire, and was conquered in 1543. 144 years later in 1687. Valpovo was liberated. The first renovation started in 1721. During the first half of 18th century the baroque-classicist palace was built. Today, castle Prandau-Normann is home to museum of city Valpovo.

Medieval tower (by Flammard, wikimedia)



Baroque-classicist palace



Courtyard - view on chapel and tower



Aerial view on the complex

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Trakošćan

Trakošćan was built in the late 13th century in northwestern Croatian defense system as a small observation fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley. It was first mentioned in written records in 1334. year. Lords of fort in the first centuries
is not known, yet we know that the end of the 14th century owners Counts of Celje, which the same time ruled with entire Zagorje County. The family soon become extinct and Trakoscan shared the fate of their other towns and estates that were divided and
changing owners.

For services rendered king Maximilian gave the estate to Juraj Drašković (1525th-1587th), first personally, then as the family heritage. So finally at 1584 year Trakošćan belongs to Drašković family.

In the boom years of building castles in Croatian Zagorje, in the second half of the 18th century Trakošćan was abandoned. Neglected, it begins to deteriorate rapidly so just in the second half of the 19th century., the family re-interested in its estate in the spirit of the new era romantic return to nature and family traditions. In this spirit marshal Juraj V. Drašković in residential castle and the surrounding park was transformed into a romantic garden. The next generation occasionally stay in Trakošćan until 1944 when they immigrated to Austria soon after the castle was nationalized.
In 1954 the museum established with a permanent exhibition. Today the castle is owned by the Republic of Croatia.


_MG_3262_3_4Enhancer.jpg by nbowmanaz, on Flickr


Wintertime in Trakoscan by Croosterpix, on Flickr


Trakoscan castle by zagor30, on Flickr


Trakoscan Castle 2 #jsakalos #targetdone by Jozef Sakalos, on Flickr

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Trakoscan Castle by Miroslav Vajdic, on Flickr


Trakoscan Castle by Miroslav Vajdic, on Flickr


Trakoscan Castle by Miroslav Vajdic, on Flickr


Trakoscan Castle by Miroslav Vajdic, on Flickr


Trakoscan Castle by Miroslav Vajdic, on Flickr


Trakoscan Castle by Miroslav Vajdic, on Flickr

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It is the most popular castle in Croatia.
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