Mountains, recreation, culture and beautiful panorama - all in one location. I visited this place on a nice sunny day and it was marvelous. This is a place if you wanna spend some time a little bit alone and quite cose only few people decide to take this walk. Nature and surroundings are great. Relaxing and peaceful. Something you must try when comming to Slovenia.
From the north there is an avenue of lime trees leading to the castle. Among them is a huge hundreds of years old lime tree. It is an important dendrological monument. It inspired our great poet dr.France Prešeren in his poem about Rozamunda of Turjak.
This castle fortification resisted Turkish invasions and also peasant risings successfully but it was burned and badly damaged during the second world war.
The renovation of the castle still continues.
Its existence of more than 800 years is closely related to the political, social, cultural and wartime history.
It has faced the Turkish invasions, the Reformation period, the begining of Slovene Literature and the time of II World War.
The castle well is built of terraces and is over 20 m deep. There were subterranean cisterns used for storing rainwater.
This huge unparalleled well was first mentioned by J.V. Valvasor in his book The Glory of the Carniola dukedom.
You can see the remains of the place used for firing on the way to the Knight Chapel. The walls of the south residental part are disposed with passages for smoke.
Before the war, the joiner of the castle, blacksmith and washerwomen had their residences here.
Through a small door, you enter the cellar where counts stored vintage wines.
The Turjak region is not a wine growing one and the wine had to be imported
The celler is vaulted and engraved in a sheer rock
The dugeons ( jece) were located at the western defence tower. There wer two kinds of them:
for Turkis prisoners-the cruel dark prison.
The counts sent them food by a rope, and when food was untouched, they knew they were dead.
Above these cruel prisons, there were "milder" ones where the prisoner could be set free.
The chatolic chapel was reconstructed in 1990 and there is a mass held every Sunday.
It is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin.
The frescos are still hidden under the roughcast and will be restored.
Turjak village that squeeze in the steep slope, is located about 500 m from main road Ljubljana-Velike Lasce-Kocevje. Walking on the way toward the village, very soon, you catch a sight of The castle of Turjak.
Very remarkable is a chapel named after Jurij Dalmatin. You can see a Gothic portal at the entrance,
This chapel is appropriate for performing concerts because of its good accoustics.
The Turjak castle has triangular form. Three defence towers are connected with residental parts.
In the western defence tower were dark dungeons