The statue of St. Florijan stands in the middle of the Town's Square, right opposite to the Town Hall. After the town had been seriously damaged of fires, the inhabitants of Ptuj turned for help to St. Florian and erected a monument to him in 1745.
According to written records, the monks of Minorite Order arrived to Ptuj in 1239. The monastery, established by the Lords of Ptuj, was first mentioned in written documents by the end of 13th century. At the beginning, it was it was a long, narrow, single-nave and simple preacher church.
In the 17th century the monastery was renovated and a few Baroque elements were added on the facade. It was the first of a kind on the territory of today's Slovenia.
The church of sv. Jurija, St. George, is the most prominent building on Slovenski trg. It was built on the spot where the 4th century Christian basilica stood. Actually, there were two churches on this spot, but only the smaller one existing still today, the one which dates from the 9th century. It was rebuilt and renovated several times which is still visible in its interiors and exteriors. Some windows belonging to the Roman times, while the majority of the building is in the Gothic style.
The Castle of Ptuj is mighty fortified construction which dominates the hill above the old core of the town. It had strategically remarkable position from which it was possible to control the vast surrounding flatland, and that was the main reason why people settled here already in antiquity. The archaeological finds prove hat the first settlement was established here in the late Stone Age.
The Orpheus monument stands in the central position of the Slovenski trg, right in between the Town's Tower and the theatre of Ptuj. It is almost 5 meters high and is the biggest monument of its kind unearthed in the Roman Province of the Upper Panonia.
The monument got the name Orpheus after mythological representations carved in relief on it. Originaly a tombstone, it was erected in the 2nd c. AD to the then town's mayor Marcus Valerius Verus.
In the Middle Ages the monument was used as a pillory.
The City Tower is the most imposing town rdifice which strongly marks the old core of the place. It was first mentioned in 1376 in the Town's Statute.
In the begining of the 19th century the curate from Ptuj, Simon Povoden, built in the Tower all collected antiquity monuments from Ptuj and its surroundings. The majority of monuments are built in the eastern wall and in the double-shouldered staircase, where nowadays the St. Jurij Gallery is siruated.
Mestna hiša, The Town Hall, is the most prominent building in the Town's Square. It was erected in the first decade of the 20th century. The building was built on the ground-plan of the former late Gothic house, according to designes of Max Ferstel, Austrian architect from Graz. It is the seat of the Town Municipality and administration, and with its dynamic structure the Town Hall dominates the entire square.
It was a rainy day, but our trip to Ptuj was a pleasant one anyway. Ptuj and its suburb has so much to offer the visitor. Beside the castle (I'm sory I couldn't take a photo ) there is at the first place a Regional Museum
The oldest castle buildings are from the Middle ages. The castle and the town were owned by Salzburg archdiocese in that time.
Administrators of the castle were ministerials who got the name "Lords of Ptuj
Landmark of Ptuj is absolutely a castle. Its location above the town Ptuj makes that picturesque Castle admired by the visitors.
Famous antar road has taken its course over Drava river below the castle hill
During the centuriesPtuj dates back to the Stone Age. During the centuries, it has been in the reign of diverse imperators and it has got enormously rich history.
My favorite part of each museum is the weapons section. I simply love cold steel, cannons, maces, hammers and all sorts of armor.
Few pictures of museum interior, it was forbidden to take photos with flash so they are a bit blurry...
If you have the chance you should go and have a great view at the city from the Castle which is situated on the hill above the city.
The Castle stands over Ptuj, dominating the scene from the hill. The building is nocely preserved and still used.