So called Drava Tower, situated on the left bank of the Drava river, was built by Italian masters in 1551 as a town fortification against the Turks. A couple of similiar towers can be seen along the banks of the river Drava, in the nearby town of Maribor which is north of Ptuj, but also in the southern direction, like the castle of Borl.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 parish church St. Peter and St. Paul is adjacent to the Minorite Monastery, making a part of the complex. The church was heavilly damaged in the Second World War, actually, it was pulled down. The reconstruction of the church was finished just a few years ago and in its interiors it looks like an contemporary made church.
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
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.
Maybe not the most important market in Slovenia, but surely an interesting and lively one! We missed it due to being lazy and having to leave suddenly, but we passed by and we are sure it was worth a patient visit.
Incorporated into the base of the Ptuj belltower are a number of Roman tombstones, well worth a closer look (and easy to miss as one passes by).
Ptuj was a prosperous Roman settlement (Poetovio, dating from 69AD), with many fine mosaics and sculptures remaining. I think (and I may be entirely mistaken) that these tombstones were unearthed by excavations around the bell-tower area; this suggests that the Roman city did not extend into this area, as Romans were always buried outside their city walls.
Whilst the smaller Roman tombstones incorporated into the Ptuj bell-tower are fairly easy to miss, the huge one just outside its entrance is more difficult to ignore.
This massive piece of stone is the tombstone of one Marcus Valerius Verus, who was 'mayor' of Roman Poetivio in the 2nd century AD. It is almost 5 metres tall, originally carved in marble and was used as a sort of pillory during the Middle Ages (miscreants were attached to it by two iron rings).
The tombstone is known as the 'Orpheus monument' because of the scenes carved upon it.
There's one main street that go across the old historical centre: Presernova ulica. That starts from the Cathedral, an impressive building, maybe not so sophisticated, but solid and well positioned so to dominate the town.