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    Minoritski Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    Minoritski Square has a pillar to St Mary in its centre. This was erected to celebrate a victory over the Turks in 1664.

    Near the column stands the Minorite Monastery. This was established in the thirteenth century. The facade of this building is very ornate. We were able to visit inside the monastery church. I particularly liked the statues and sculptures which survived the bombing of the church in the Second World War. These were displayed in a small room to the left of the altar.

    Apparently Minoritski Trg used to be known as beef square in the middle Ages as cattle were assembled here before being led to the nearby Drava River.

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    St George's Church

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    St George's Church is located on Slovenski Trg . This church was built originally in the twelfth century and later rebuilt in Gothic style in the fifteenth century. Outside the church there are some beautiful Renaissance and Baroque gravestones with intricate and detailed carvings. There were also some beautiful roses growing here. It was possible to enter the church and view it through a locked grill when we visited. There was a statue of St George fighting the dragon inside.

    Tombstones Roses Tombstones Inside the church Door knocker
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    Mestni Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    Mestni Trg should be a beautiful square but when we visited it was being restored and was all dug up, fenced off and full of portaloos. It took skill to try and avoid these in any photos I took! The town hall is located in this square. In the centre of the square is St Florian’s column which dates from 1745. The town hall was built in 1907.

    The Town Hall
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    The Dominican Monastery

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    The Dominican Monastery was built in 1230. It has not been used as a monastery since the late 18th century when the Habsburgs dissolved the Catholic religious orders.

    This is now the archaeological and lapidary museum. We did not go in. It’s quite an attractive building from the outside.

    The Dominican Monastery
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    Slovenski Trg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    Slovenski Trg is a beautiful square with several interesting sights. This was the market centre of Ptuj until 1923. Here you will find the tourist office in Ljutomer House, the old town hall - used as the town hall until1907, the theatre, the city tower which dates from the 16th century., St George’s Church which dates from the 12th century and the intricately carved Orpheus Monument -a 5 metre high Ancient Roman tombstone which was once used as a pillory. In St George’s Church there is a model of St George killing the dragon. There are some ornate gravestones outside. There is also an interesting and slightly scary gothic head carved onto one of the buildings here.

    Gothic Head Theatre City Tower and Theatre St George's Church St George and the dragon.
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    Ptuj Castle

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 30, 2014

    The first thing we did in Ptuj was walk up to the castle. We went the back route, but later found a way up from the centre of the old town, too.

    Ptuj’s castle is quite an impressive one. A castle was first built at this site in the ninth or tenth century. Only a tower survives from this. The castle has been rebuilt several times.

    Nowadays the castle is a museum, but we did not bother to go to the museum part inside. We enjoyed the views from the viewing terrace at the castle. You can see across the old town, the vineyards and the Drava River. We had a look at the statues in the castle’s central courtyard. There is a café in the courtyard, too and a souvenir shop near the entrance. There is a statue of a horse near the shop. The castle houses an old vine as do many places in the vine growing areas of Slovenia.

    Apparently the museum inside the castle contains examples of the costumes used during the Kurent Festival. It also houses musical instruments and armour.

    Ptuj Castle The Old Vine. Ptuj Castle. Peter with the horse statue. View back towatds castle and old town.
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    Carnival

    by succccccubus Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Don't miss the carnival in February - that means 10 days of party behind the masks and on sunday you can watch a parade on Ptuj's streets that last for few hours and there is ussualy more than 1000 traditional and nontraditional masks.

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    Oldest open-air lapidary in Slovenia

    by succccccubus Written Dec 1, 2009

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    Povoden museum is to be found the oldest open-air lapidary in Slovenia. It bears the name of the curate Simon Povoden who, in 1830, had made built in the town's Tower base antique monuments found in Ptuj and its environs.

    Among them are fragments from civilian and military tombstones, ash bins, sacrifical altars, dedication plates with reliefs, and square blocks. Belonging to the Povoden Museum are also sacrificial altars standing in the niches in the northern wall of the parish church of St. George.

    In front of the town's Tower stands the almost 5 m high monument, the biggest ever found in the Roman province of Upper Pannonia. Most probably it is located on the site where it was found. The hardly legible inscription says that the monument, made of Pohorje marble, was erected in the 2nd century to the then mayor Marcus Valerius Verus. The central relief scene depicts Orpheus who plays his lyre in mourning over the loss of Eurydice, hence its popular name – the Orpheus monument. In the Middle Ages the monument was used as a pillory – »pranger«. Iron rings were attached to the monument's lower part to tie criminals to it, and by doing so the inscription was damaged.

    Source: www.pok-muzej-ptuj.si

    Povoden museum Orpheus monument
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    Church of St George

    by succccccubus Written Dec 1, 2009

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    It is supposed that in the 4th century an old Christian basilica stood on this spot. Then, two other churches stood on this site. The smaller of the two churches, the only one existing still today, dates from the 9th century. It was rebuilt and renovated several times which is still visible nowadays in its interior and exterior. A nice example are the remains of built-in windows. There are also some windows belonging to the Roman times, while the majority of the building is in the Gothic style. The church was surrounded by a cemetery until 1775.

    The interior of the church is full of various monuments which bear witness to the existence of important people of Ptuj. A special feature of the church are pews from 1763, for each pew distinguishes itself from others for its own decoration patterns. The pews were made by cabinetmakers from Ptuj. The church has got five side altars. Frescoes represent all social classes from that period with the exception of the bourgeoisie, although Ptuj had always been known as a bourgeois settlement.

    In 1863, the church of St George became the parish church. The wooden Gothic sculpture of St George, patron saint of the church and the town, stands in the under-choir protected by a glass bell.

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    The Orpheus Monument

    by Redang Written Nov 3, 2009

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    The Orfejev Spomenik (Orpheus Monument) dates back to the 2nd century.

    "The Orpheus monument on the Slovene square in front of the Town's Tower is almost 5 metres high (4,94 x 1,82 x 0,39 m), and is the biggest monument of its kind unearthed in the Roman Province of the Upper Pannonia. Erected on the site where it was discovered, the monument has generated interest since the 16th century, and has thus become a symbol of the town by the river Drava. It got the name Orpheus after mythological representations carved in relief on it".

    Note: Info taken from the net.

    Orpheus Monument (Ptujj, Slovenia)

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    The Minorite Monastery

    by Redang Updated Nov 3, 2009

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    The Minoristki Samostan or Minorite Monastery was built in the 13th and rebuilt in the 17th century.

    Before the main façade (2nd and 3rd pics), the Column of Mary erected to conmemorate the victory against the turks in 1.664.

    The Minorite Monastery Column of Mary (Ptuj, Slovenia) Column of Mary (Ptuj, Slovenia)

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    The Castle of Ptuj

    by Redang Updated Nov 3, 2009

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    Ptujski Grad (the Castle of Ptuj), as it is today, has been reconstructed and rebuilt several times during centuries. Konrad I had the castle rebuilt on the site of the old demolished one. That means that even before the 12th century, there was a constructed castle.Ptujski

    Castle of Ptuj (Slovenia) Castle of Ptuj (Slovenia) Castle of Ptuj (Slovenia) Ptuj from the Castle (Slovenia) Ptuj from the Castle (Slovenia)

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    Regional museum Ptuj (Pokrajinski muzej Ptuj)

    by succccccubus Updated Jul 22, 2008

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    Biggest and the most popular general museum in this area - with collections and sections for archaeology, history, cultural history, ethnology, restoration workshops and other services.
    At present the museum covers the wider area of Ptuj and Ormož, famous for its rich prehistoric and antique sites (Roman Poetovio), the period of migrations of peoples, medieval and modern age monuments, which bear witness to cultural and economic importance of Ptuj and its surroundings, as well as of rich folklore traditions.

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    Castle of Ptuj

    by succccccubus Updated Jul 22, 2008

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    The strategic location of the castle hill attracted settlers as early as the latter half of the third millennium BC. Later, the inhabitants of Roman Poetovio built a fortress and temple on top of the hill, and in the Early Middle Ages there existed a large burial place. Work on the medieval fortress began in the 11th century, when both town and castle were the property of the Archbishops of Salzburg. During the three-hundred years that they lived in Ptuj, the lords also left their mark as founders of the Minorite and Dominican monasteries, and as the builders of the pilgrimage church on Ptujska Gora. The tombstone of the last lord of Ptuj, Friedrich IX, was built into the castle's ground floor. From 1656 to 1802 the castle was inhabited by the Leslies. The last owners, the Counts of Herberstein, occupied the castle from 1873 to 1945 when it became nationalised and, together with its rich furnishings, incorporated into the Ptuj Museum. The Castle hosts the collection of feudal dwelling culture spanning the period from the 16th to the 20th century, collection of musical instruments, collection of arms etc. One of the most interesting is collection of traditional carnival masks of Ptuj area.

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    - October 15 - May 1: : 9.00 - 17.00 (Closed January 1, November 1, December 25)
    - May 1 - October 15: 9.00 - 18.00
    - Saturdays and Sundays in July and August: 9.00 - 20.00

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    Old streets with cobble stones

    by lotharlerch Updated Apr 3, 2008

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    In the last decades before Slovenia became independent Ptuj was a bit in the shadow of the economic developent which helped it to conserve a picturesque architectonic ensemble. And in the new economic prosperity of Slovenia most of the town was nicely restored (I still remember what it looked like in 1986).

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