Travel Diary 56: Predjama Castle, Slovenia

by Agnes Felber November. 24, 2013 4077 views

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This Renaissance castle was built within a cave mouth in south-central Slovenia,
The first castle here was probably built in the 12th century and was first mentioned in the second half of the 13th century. It was built in an area that was controlled by the town of Aquilea but was contested by the Counts of Gorizia. In those times the castle was called Jama Castle (Jama translates to cave).

In 1350 the castle was taken by Austrian dukes. In 1398 Aquilean troops sieged and set fire to the castle. Later on knights from the East-Tyrolean city of Lienz became owners of the castle, which they called Luegg Castle. So they called themselves Lords of Lienz and Luegg.
In 1567 the castle was bought by Hans Kobenzl, an Austrian knight from Kärnten. He rebuilt and enlarged the castle and it is mostly the result of this building campaign that we see today. His descendants remained owners of the castle until 1810. Afterwards it became the property of the Windischgratz family until it was confiscated by the communist government of Yugoslavia and turned ito a museum.

A secret natural shaft leads out of the castle, which Erazem, the renown robber baron owner of the castle in the 15th century, ordered to be enlarged, leads into Postojna Cave some 9 miles away.. This shaft allowed Erazem, the to secretly supply the castle with food in the time of the siege; he also used it to continue with his robberies.

This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched up in the middle of a vertical 123-metre high cliff for more than 700 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic River Lokva, which disappears into the underground world deep down below the castle. This cross section of the mountain shows the castle's (“Grad”) location in relation of the mountain and cave systems behind the castle.

Coat of Arms of the Kobenzl family.

Painting of the robber baron, Erazem.

Getting fresh water was not a problem in the castle, stopping water from dripping down the walls was more problematic.

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Yves Monast 6 years, 10 months ago

looks like a beautiful place like the door in #7...

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Lisa Charbonneau 6 years, 10 months ago

# 5 amazing, beautiful painting and great set!

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Sara G 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow! Wonderful and interesting facts and shots! Love old castles but never have seen one built like this.

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Mikkal Noptek 6 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful report !! Great place !!

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Juhã¡Szn㩠ÉVa 6 years, 10 months ago

Hogy milyen csodálatos képeket mutatsz Ágika!

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