STARI GRAD CELJE
While we were there there was a special exhibition of drawings and paintings, all made by children from all over the world.
I think it must have been a competition....
Most important it that it was amazing to see the very fine, excellent works-of-art, because that is what these artefacts can be called!
I think we shall hear/see more from those youngsters in a few years time.....
I shall post some which I liked most although....they were all great in their own right!
Enjoy them and feel amazed!
LET'S CONTINUE OUR TOUR....
Near the Railway station is Hotel EVROPA and from there it is only 5 minutes to reach Glavni Trg, the central square of Celje.
With its festive-looking Grand Houses in Baroque style and a MARIA column from 1776 this is one of the most picturesque squares of the town.
Long ago this was the place for the market vendors....but nowadays the place is used for open-air concerts and theatrical performances.
At the southern side of the square lies the Slomskov Trg (Trg = square) with the Githic St. Daniel's church.
Via de Ulnica na Okopih, where you can see remnants of the old town walls you will arrive at the Muzejski trg with the Stara GROFIA, a Renaissance palace with 2 floors which dates of 1580.
I once used to be the place of the Habsburg Government, now there is a museum.
For more Modern Art we have to go to Knezji dvorec a former Royal residence.
Do have a look at the Marija cerkev and walk on, enjoying Celje....
COME, WALK WITH ME.....
High above the Savinja rises the Castle of the counts of Cilli.
On the opposite embankment lies, sweet and quietly, the Old Town of Celje.
Great houses from the 19th Century give the town an old "charme" and atmosphere and during the summer the many pavement cafés add a sort of relaxing, easy-going ambiance and I know that it is benificent to sit there when the sun is burning and you can have a lovely ice-coffee or ice-cream.....
Of course most tourists are interested in the Old Town.
Tanjia led us along streets and through alleys, over squares and through shopping streets.....all over the place archeologists have started excavations and in front of the museum are many remnants of Roman building, such as pieces of columns and capitals, stones with insriptions and more.
THE CASTLE IN CELJE.....
Here too, in Celje, is a castle! There are so many here, all over Slovenia.
I know it is always a climb but always very worthwhile and we did it with much pleasure however much the heat and bright sunlight were trying to make us decide to go to a SPA immediately, but we stubbornly climbed up!
The photo is a view over CELJE, taken from top of the Castle.
SUMMER IN CELJE: you can enjoy many concerts, visit many exhibitions, happenings and festivities in the streets and in AUGUST a Medieval FEAST will make you sing and dance, drink and dream with everyone....
In the Castle you will be able to watch tournaments AND dance performances.....
try to be there............
Celje used to be a very important and wealthy town, that after the breaking up of YUGOSLAVIA economically declined, which is so sad....
Celje is now looking for a NEW TOURISTIC IDENTITY .
Having seen the town, walked through it with VT Tanja (Soncnica) I am sure that they soon will attract lots of tourists, it is really worthwhile visiting!
Regional Museum of Celje
Our original point of interest proved intriguing indeed. While Marc admired the ceiling (read it on his Celje page), I was thrilled by the so-called 'Dutch room' with about 500-year old wooden statues of Virgin Mary. A strap of human skin cut from a living person about two centuries ago was a chilly sight too.
However, Celje was alive and well long before the counts came. It was first known as Celeia, a settlement at the bank of the Savinja, whose prosperity is proven by a huge mass of remains it left behind. You can see dozens at the original location (ask the locals for 'Savinja' if you cannot find it yourself by any chance).
Stari grad - Old Castle
If there's one sight you have to pick, it's got to be this one. The simbol and the landmark of Celje used to be the home of the powerful (but not very good-looking, I must add) Counts of Celje, which opposed the Habsburg rule for about 50 years in the 15th Century, and in the memory of which Celje still calls itself 'The City of Counts'.
A walk around the centre.
Take a look at Celjski Dom, the city hall and St Mary's shrine on Glavni Trg - enjoy a sunny afternoon outside one of the cafes around the square too.
Views from the Castle
Stunning scenery from up at the castle, worth a tip itself I think.
Fabulous Autumn weather with colourful views.
- Main: Post Office.
- Second: Prešernova Ulica.
- Third: Stanetova Ulica.
- Fourth: Gosposka Ulica.
This is the City Hall built in the 17th century. Owned by aristocratic families, it was bought by the municipal authorities and it's the City Hall since 1.953.
It houses now the Museum of Hostory.
Cerkev Marijinega Vnebovzetja
Difficult name in Slovenian, it means the Virgin Mary's Assumption Church, and it was built in the 13th centuryin Romanis style as a part of the Minorite Monastery.
Narodni Dom/National Hall
Neo-renaissance style, it was built in 1.897 as the cultural, political and social centre of the Slovenian bourgeoisie .
Built in between 1.928 and 1.929, the wooden cross on the top of the building was taken down after the WWII and replaced by a metal one in 1.991.
St. Mary's Shrine
This Column represents The Virgin Mary, St. Rocus, the patron against plagues and St. Florian, patron families and workers.
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