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    The Castle of Celje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    The powerful Counts of Celje, who were granted the noble status of Princes of the Province by the German King Sigismund in 1436, have restored the old historical glory of the town bringing it back to life. The town had become the administrative center of the huge provincial territory, owned by the Dinasty, which the Counts of Celje had an intention to unite along a single state boundary. During their rules the former borough settlement has been awarded town rights, developing there upon its construction, economy and culture as a Princely Seat. As a metter of fact, in the late period of the Principate, during the last Counts of Celje, the town was the only genuine center of humanism and renaissance in the Slovenian land.

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    Outbuilding - stable for horses

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Stari Grad Celje

    After the colapse of the Dynasty, the mighty castle town was left to its destiny. Most of the Upper and the Lower Castle fall to ruins. Only in this last years the major reconstruction have took place in order to regain its historical majesty and splendor. However, it process might last quite a long time.
    This is a part of the castle walls newly reconstructed.

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    Middle Ages Day and Knights games

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    The traditional ewent, that takes place every year in August, takes us to the time when the stars of powerful landlords, conts and princes of Celje, created the destiny of Europe. Actors, slanderers, catchpoll.... Give - beside the middle age handicraftsmen - the always mysterious and interesting middle age market its liveliness. In the evening the market turns into scene of engagement netween fearless and brave princes, who fight in the shine of torches for honour and glory.

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    Gate tower with drawbridge across inner moat

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Partly reconstructed buildings, corridors, drawbridges and the town walls, by stone combained with the wood.
    The hard works are still in progress and here are the first and fine results of it.
    The ground floor of the Andrew's tower houses today an art gallery with the works of some local artists.

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    Stari Grad - landmark of Celje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Stari Grad Celje, the Old CastleTown, from 15th century used to be the home of Counts and Princes of Celje.
    When the castle lost its strategic position, it began to ruin. So at the end of the 17th century the Frederick's tower was already without the roof. In 1748 the tiles were removed from the castle roofing and used for renovation of the lower castle. In 1755 the castle was bought by the count Gaisruck who took down also the roofing. The best cut stones were taken away and used for the consturction of the manor of Novo Celje. In 1803 the castle was bought by the paesant Gorišek who began to exploit it as a quarry. In the 19th century the ruins passed to the ownership of the Styrian States. The endevours for its renovation began after the establishment of the Museum Association of Celje in 1882 and they continue still nowdays.
    Situated up on the hill that dominate whole area, the best posible sight of the town of Celje and its close surroundings.

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    Frederick's tower

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Stari Grad Celje

    After the year 1456, following the murder of Ulrich II, the last Count of Celje, the battle between the Counts of Celje and the Hapsburg Crown had finished with the defeat of the Princes.But even in the period after the demise of the Celje Princes Dynasty, the town could not be held back. It was again strong enough to find new paths and new hopes.
    On this picture you can see the best preserved defending tower of the castle.

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    Celjska Mestna Hranilnica

    by Redang Updated Nov 12, 2009

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    The Celje Municipal Savings Bank (Celje, Slovenia)
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    The Celje Municipal Savings Bank was built in neo-renaissance style by the Celje Municpal Savings Bank, and for some years, it hosted the headquarters of the administrative court for the territory of Slovenia.

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    Stari grad - castle ruins

    by himalia11 Written Sep 18, 2005

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    Medieval day on the castle of Celje
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    The original castle was built in the 13th century., but during the following centuries, the castle was more and more extended and rebuilt. End of the 17th century it got more and more ruined as parts were used to create other buildings. Around 1900, the renovation was started and still continues. But I like the castle just like it is now, I love ruined castles! It’s always nice to walk around and discover all the places!

    We where at the castle when there was the medieval day. This takes place each year in August. We were there rather earlier and didn’t feel like staying until the tournament, but I guess this would have been interesting, mostly such knight tournaments are good. But there was not much to see, only a few market stalls and you could do archery, so we left soon. Also I was surprised that there were so few people - I’ve heard they expected much more.

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    Celjski Dom/The Celje Hall

    by Redang Written Nov 11, 2009

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    Celjski Dom (Celje, Slovenia)
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    Built in neogothic style between 1.905 and 1.906, it was the former German House and the centre of the german population of Celje. After the 1st World War, it was renamed as The Celje Hall (Celjski Dom).

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    Roman Necropolis in Sempeter

    by himalia11 Written Sep 18, 2005

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    Roman Necropolis in Sempeter

    In Sempeter (about 12 km from Celje), there’s a Roman Necropolis. It’s not an archaeological excavation site, but a little park where they have put several old Roman tomb monuments.

    It’s open from 10:00 to 18:00, at least that’s what the sign says. When we were there, there was a paper saying that the person will be back later, we would have had to wait for about one hour. So we peeked over the fence and through hedge and could see at least a bit. Admission would have been around 700 SIT what I consider rather expensive.

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    Marijina cerkev - inside

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 13, 2008

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    Mary church inside
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    The interior of Mary church consists of a unique nave (first photo) and has some important art works, which you see in this tip.
    The second picture shows the 18th-century high altar by Jozef Straub and the presbytery with an Assumption painted by M. Schiffer in 1813.
    The third photos depicts a lateral altar with another Assumption painting and Baroque statues of saints and angels.
    In the foreground of the fourth photo you see a nice pulpit. Unfortunately, you can only make out one of the main attractions, i.e. the tympanum of the sacristy door, where Counts Hermann 1st and 2nd are kneeling in front of the Virgin and Her Child. The reason is that we couldn't walk across the whole church because an alarm had been set on. We were quite disappointed that we couldn't see this sculpture any better.
    Finally, the last photo shows you the beautiful inlay of the benches.
    We visited this church by chance because it was close to where we had parked our car, but we were very happy we did.

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    Marijina cerkev - overview

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 13, 2008

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    Marijina cerkev
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    The Marian church is a conventual church built in Romanesque style in the 14th century and restored in the 18th century. Today, the outside looks Neo-Romanesque. What is interested, the original windows were bricked in, as you can see on the side of the building. There you can also see a collection of stones remained from the original church.
    However, the most interesting part to see is the interior. Follow me inside.

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    Sv. Danijel - overview

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 14, 2008

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    Sv. Danijel - fa��ade
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    Saint Daniel's abbey church was cited for the first time in 1306. It originally had two naves, a third one being added later that century, when the choir and the bell-tower were added.
    The façade is simple and plain, but you can observe interesting Gothic and Baroque gravestones (fourth and fifth pictures), as well as a sculptured Roman stone showing a gryphon and a dolphin.
    The interior has much more to offer, so don't miss it.

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    Euro Handbal 2004

    by pmodic Written Jul 12, 2003

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    In January next year will be a handball championship in Slovenia. One of the groups will play in Celje. So, come and see the best european handball players. You can finf more information about this event on official web site.

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    Gothic palladium & Pelican's tower

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    The original castle which was built by the Vovsbergs on the western rocky rise of the castle crest, was y typical building of an irregular castle enclosure. The entrance of the castle was provided in the northern side.
    Gefore the year 1300 the castle was sorrounded by a new wall which was reinforced in the north with a defense tower. The entrance to the castle was made from the south side.
    In the first half of the 14th century the castle was overtaken by lords of Zovnek (named the counts of Celje from 1341onward and then renamed into the Knights of Celje in 1436) who started to transform the stronghold into a more confortable residental building. They build also a four-storeyed defense tower, which was later known under the name Frederick's tower
    After a terrible earthquake in 1348, a part of the Romanesquepalladium fell to ruin together with the rock. The ruined part was rebuild and slightly moved toward the interior of the castle bailey.
    In the 15th century the front castle quarters were extended up to the rocky rise in the eastern side of the crest where the castle wall joined the strong pentagonal tower.
    In the second half of the 16th century the castle was reconstructed again. The entire wall was made higher, both in the central castle and in front castle quarters. Afterwards also the interior bailey was rearrauged. The updated part of the wall was furnished with renaissance loopholes.

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