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    Grajski Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    Grajski Trg was very close to our hotel. Maribor’s castle is located here – this is more like a big house than a castle. This castle was built in 1555 as a noble residence. In the seventeenth century the castle was renovated in Renaissance style. In the eighteenth century the castle's beautiful baroque staircase was added.We did not go inside, but you can see its famous baroque staircase from outside, though photographing it was not easy as there was always a terrible reflection through the glass window it was located behind. The castle is now a museum. There was also a monument on this square. This monument is dedicated to St. Florian, the patron saint against fires, floods and natural catastrophes. Grajski Trg is lined with restaurants and bars.


    Admission to the castle museum €3/2/0.85 for adults/students/children.

    The castle, Grajski Trg. Grajski Trg Bacchus, Grajski Trg
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    Lent

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    The Lent area is located on the banks of the Drava River. Some of it has been restored and some is rather run-down. It is the oldest part of Maribor and used to be the commercial hub of the town due to its proximity to the river.

    At one end you can find the round Judgement Tower which dates from 1310 and near this is a Minorite Monastery and Church. The market is near here, but it was not on when we visited. In the centre of Lent near the water front you can visit the oldest vine in the world which during our visit was laden down with grapes. The grapes of this vine are used to make special wines for visiting VIP’s. At the other end of the Lent area on the river there is the picturesque Water Tower now a café. Back from the waterfront lies the little, white synagogue and the Jewish Tower. Behind this is the street where Maribor’s Jewish community used to live.

    The Old Vine Judgement Tower The Synagogue The Minorite Monastery Water Tower and Jew's Tower
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    Slomskov Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    Slomskov Trg was probably the most interesting of Maribor’s squares. It has a statue of Bishop Anton Martin Slomšek. It has a little pond with a statue of a small boy and lots of brightly coloured flowers. At one end of the square you can find some buildings belonging to Maribor University and several statues of notable Slovenians outside it. On another side lies the Slovene National Theatre, on another Maribor’s very ornate main post office. Post offices in Slovenia seemed to be quite grand buildings wherever we went.

    The most interesting building on the square in my opinion was Maribor’s cathedral. We were lucky as two singers and a musician were practicing in the cathedral when we visited and the singing was really beautiful to listen to. The cathedral had several lovely stain glass windows commemorating the pope’s visit in 1999.

    Maribor Cathedral The University Bishop Statue Window in Cathedral Detail of Post=Office.
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    St Mary's Church

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    This beautiful church is near Castle Square. It is lovely and peaceful inside. This is a church of the Franciscan Order dedicated to St Mary. It was built at the end of the 19th century based on a design by Viennese architect Richard Jordan. This church is built on the site of a former Capuchin monastery and the Church of the Mother of Mercy.

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    Glavni Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 29, 2014

    The town hall square has several beautiful buildings, though some were being restored when we visited. The town hall itself is quite an impressive building dating from 1515. In the centre of the square there is a large plague column with statues of lots of different saints and a Virgin Mary image on the top. At one time Maribor's market took place here.

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    The City Park

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 8, 2014

    We visited the City Park on our last morning. It is a pleasant park with ponds, statues and an aquarium. I rather liked the boy with grapes statue. Behind the park there are many large, fancy houses so I assume this is the expensive part of town to live in.

    Behind these there are lots of vineyards. We noticed there is a walk up through the vineyards to a little chapel and viewpoint. We did not have time to do this, but I am sure the views from there would be spectacular.

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    Wine Shop in old Water Tower (Vodni Stolp).

    by Askla Updated Jun 30, 2014

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    On the bank of river Drava (along Usnjarska ulica), the first Slovene wine shop specialised in Slovene wines is situated in the former Water Tower, nowadays known as the Wine Museum or Wine Tower. Here you can taste up to 300 Slovenian wines!!
    Opened May - Sept: M - F 15 - 21, Sat 9 - 15
    Oct - April: M - F 12 - 18, Sat 10 - 16.

    The renaissance pentagonal bastille dates from 1555.

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    Regional Museum

    by halikowski Updated Dec 11, 2012

    An amalgam of different collections, many quite idiosyncratic. Coins, mammoth's tusks, archeological remains are rich here, including pots from the Slavic period (8th century AD) with wavy lines, Celtic grave finds with soldiers' weapons purposefully bent to desist from looters, reconstructions of ROman villas with underfloor heating and Slavic huts with no chimneys, reed roofing and sunken floors (against the wind), Turkish military banners (or rather noise raisers for intimidating the enemy), a historical pharmacy in the cellar, a Rococo palace on the upper floor where Adolf Hitler was once gratefully received.
    There is a military storeroom (Graz's Zeughaus is fifty times bigger), exhibits charting city fires and plagues, the flooding of the city moats which saved the city from the Turks in 1532.

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    The National Liberation NOB Memorial.

    by Askla Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    A public proclamation about a shooting and a farewell letter.

    The bronze monument is the work of Slavko Tihec dating from 1975. It stands in Trg Svobode, adjacent to the castle.

    In the monument there are graphical copies of public proclamations about the shootings of hostages and rebels, who during World War II were condemned to death (667 killed). There is also a farewell letter by Jože Fluks, a man who was condemned to death.

    The monument is 7-8 metres high.

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    The Castle, containing Regional Museum.

    by Askla Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    The castle, from 1478, rebuilt 1556 - 62, contains the Maribor Regional Museum which is said to host one of the richest collections in Slovenia. On the ground floor are archaeological and ethnographic exhibits together with beehive panels and a lot about wine. Upstairs there are exhibits on Maribor's guilds and crafts as well as Greek and Roman statues, and Jewish gravestones.

    Working hours: 09.00 - 13.00, and 16.00 - 20.00 daily.
    No entrance fee.S*

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    The Town Hall.

    by Askla Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    Glavni Trg was Maribor's marketplace in the medieval times. The Town Hall was built in here 1565 by Venetians living in the area.

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    An extraordinary Plague Pillar.

    by Askla Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    In the middle of Glavni Trg can we find an extraordinary Plague Pillar, designed by Jozef Straub and erected in 1743 in remembrance of the severe plague in 1680 which had hit Maribor very hard, killing one third of the inhabitants.

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    THE VINE.

    by Askla Updated Dec 5, 2012

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    The worlds absoloutely oldest producing vine is to be found in Maribor. There is evidence that it is more than 400 years old. Every year it gives from 35 to 55 kilos of grapes which gives circa 25 litres of red, nearly black wine. It is bottled on special 2 dl bottles designed for this wine, the Black Velvet (Zametna Crnina). You can not buy the wine, it is given as gifts to the more needing persons like visiting kings, presidents and Prime Ministers who could not afford the wine if they wouldn't get it for free.

    I put the telefon number and e-mail address to the Tourist Information Centre further down.

    At the entrance to the Wine House.
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    visit a Salon 2012 of ECOC

    by picek Written Feb 10, 2012

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    The main information centre forEuropean Capital of Culture (ECOC) is located in a red and black box, a little by the side on new Leon Stukelj square. Go there if you need information on program as well as Maribor and its partners in the project. Go there also to see rotating exhibitions in a basement, some stuff there is (will be/was) the work of some of world's famous artists in their field.
    'The box' also sells souvenirs related to ECOC project, the staff is helpful and tells you all you need to know about what's going on somewhere around town.

    Menwhile, if I haven't yet, I suggest a reading these sites:
    http://www.maribor2012.eu/en/ecoc/

    and especially for those who're visiting Maribor only virtually:
    http://www.zivljenjenadotik.si/en/reflection/

    There are treasures to find in texts published on above site!

    red-black bloc
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    new urban living room

    by picek Updated Feb 9, 2012

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    Few months before official beginning of European Capital of Culture project, Maribor got new urban living room in 2011 - large square devoted to legendary Olympic medal winner Leon Stukelj who was one of town's most renowned residents. It was built on former segmented squares and busy roads between Vecer, City mall and NKBM buildings, along the main pedestrian flow between bus station and city.
    This now becomes traffic free zone, with several rows of trees, paved by local stone from Pohorje hills and from time to time, public shows are taking place on the open air here; it is the lights position above that make for one of most unique components of the place - with its ambiental qualities, they make for the real impression of being in a living room at dusk.

    The square connects newer part of town with its ancient core, as it just extends out of former, nowsadays nonexisting city walls towards business district: at this place, and in vicinity, most banks are concentrated, and City mall was once biggest mall, yet... how predictable, only quite shortly after it was built, the Europark succeded it.

    Lets see how life will evolve around the square... after all, it's just one new open space in town, that has yet to show its qualities.

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